Even future “Game of Thrones” spinoffs may not be immune to the changes underway at HBO Max, according to George RR Martin.
In a blog post on Wednesday, the author wrote that some of his planned shows in the “Game of Thrones” universe have been “shelved” at the streamer. After HBO’s parent company WarnerMedia merged with Discovery in April, HBO Max’s slate of content thinned out to cut costs, contributing to the cancellation of shows like “Love Life,” “Minx,” and ” Boy Island”.
Although the “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” had the biggest season finale HBO has seen since that of the original series and was renewed for season 2, Martin wrote that others projects in development are not as set in stone.
“Some of them move faster than others, as is always the case with development,” Martin wrote. “None have been lit up yet, although we’re hoping…maybe soon. A couple have been sidelined, but I wouldn’t agree that they’re dead. You can take something away off the shelf as easily as you can put it on the shelf. All the changes at HBO Max have definitely impacted us.”
Although Martin didn’t specify which projects were shelved, there are at least six projects believed to be in development, including the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” prequel series, the “10,000 Ships” centered about Princess Nymeria and a Jon Snow spinoff in which Kit Harington is attached to star.
Representatives for HBO Max did not immediately respond to The varietyrequest for comment.
Martin also took some time in the post to praise the movies and shows he’s enjoyed this year, shouting out ‘The Banshees of Inisherin,’ ‘The Sandman,’ and Season 2 of ‘The White. Lotus”.
“Brilliant performances from Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson,” he wrote of “The Banshees of Inisherin.” “A powerful story, one that I will remember for a long time…but damn, so sad. I see people calling it a comedy. Truly? OK, but that’s black humor.
Read Martin’s full blog post here.