HBO is exploring a “Game of Thrones” spin-off.
HBO has a range of quality projects that come down the pike, of the Reese Witherspoon-Nicole Kidman starrer “Big Little Lies” to the Amy Adams murder mystery “Sharp Objects” comedies starring Pete Holmes and Bill Hader to the long-awaited Bernie Madoff movie “The Wizard of Lies.”
But HBO also has a handful of hot prospects who have the whole of the country. During the cabler’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour, on Saturday, original programming president Casey Bloys gamely fielded questions looking for updates on where things stand for a handful of buzzed-about projects.
“Game of Thrones” spin-off
There is no security still a series in connection with the juggernaut fantasy drama will come to fruition, but Bloys notes that the author George R. R. Martin, the creator of the “Thrones” universe, has a lot of source material at hand in terms of prequels and other story threads explored in the book series.
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“All I can say is that we’re exploring. We have no scripts, we are not even close to say: ‘Oh, let’s do this.’ But it is a large enough property that we would be foolish not to investigate,” he said. “It really is a rich world. We would be foolish not to look.”
“David Milch is still writing. I believe he is writing of a ‘Deadwood’ movie that I have not read,” Bloys said. “When it’s ready we will take a look at it.”
More episodes of “The Night”
After the success of last summer’s limited series “The Night Of,” there is clearly a need for more adventures withJohn Turturro’s ambulance-chasing, eczema-suffering lawyer John Stone. Steve Zaillian and Richard Price, who directed HBO adaptation of the British series, working on ideas, but not yet nailed down a specific vehicle just yet.
“Steve and Richard throws around ideas. I am hopeful they will land on something, but one thing I know about them — if they’re not 100% sure about something, they are going to take their time,” Bloys said. “I told them that we are here when you are ready. I hope they have an idea they’re excited about.”
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Franchise creator Nic Pizzolatto are considering ideas for a third part of the bundle of drama, but there is no time pressure. It is recognized that the pressure to the second edition on the air sooner rather than later, in 2015 led to quality-control issues.
“I have nothing on paper, but I know that there are a number of ideas over and over again. I don’t want to rush it. I don’t want to do anything just to get it on the air,” Bloys said.