Game of Thrones offshoots will be prequels with all-new characters
The writer is still working on finishing the long-awaited sixth instalment of his fantasy book series.
Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin's new offshoot TV projects will all be prequels which will not feature any of fans' favourite characters.
The fantasy writer was recently announced to have struck a deal with officials at U.S. network HBO to "explore different time periods" in the "vast and rich universe" created in his book series A Song of Ice and Fire in four related shows.
Few details concerning what the projects would be about were released at the time, but on Sunday night (14May17), Martin took to his official blog to shed a little more light on his latest ventures.
In the post, the veteran author, who is notoriously slow at delivering new material, made it clear the new projects would all explore the history of the Game of Thrones world, although he doesn't like to call them prequels.
"None of these new shows will be 'spinning off' from 'Game of Thrones' in the traditional sense," he explained. "We are not talking (Friends spin-off) 'Joey' or 'After MASH'... where characters from one show continue on to another.
"Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than 'spinoff' or 'prequel,' however, I prefer the term 'successor show.' That's what I've been calling them."
Martin also revealed the offshoot shows, which he is working on with a team of TV writers, would focus on completely new characters and stories, shooting down fan theories suggesting they would be about Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon the Unlikely, and Robert's Rebellion.
He went on to acknowledge his infamous penchant for procrastination as he confessed the long-delayed sixth instalment of his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, titled The Winds of Winter, was still a work in progress.
"I will confess, I do wish I could clone myself, or find a way to squeeze more hours into the day, or a way to go without sleep," he wrote about the book, the follow-up to the 2011 release of A Dance with Dragons.
Martin had been hoping to have the sequel complete in time for 2016, to coincide with the broadcast of the sixth season of the Game of Thrones TV adaptation, but he failed to hit his deadline.
Instead, show creators D. B. Weiss and David Benioff had to base their plotlines for the TV series on the ideas Martin outlined for them in order to move forward with the project.
The seventh season of Game of Thrones premieres in June (17), while the final eighth season is expected to air in 2018.
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