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George R.R. Martin has signed a new five-year deal with HBO, which is said to be in the mid-eight figures. Deadline was the first outlet to report the news.
With the massive extension, Martin will develop a slew of content for HBO and HBO Max. Martin had been under an overall deal at HBO since 2013.
The post-Game of Thrones TV/streaming world is fascinating, with HBO and its competitors aggressively seeking the show’s successor. Amazon’s attempt includes a big-money investment in an upcoming Lord of the Rings series, Netflix has The Witcher, and HBO plans to spend hours and hours and hours in the earlier days of Westeros.
House of the Dragon, the first greenlit GoT prequel series, of which Martin is the co-creator and executive producer, is set to premiere in 2022 on HBO. As OutKick wrote last week, the network is also in the early stages of developing three more GoT prequel projects based on Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: 9 Voyages aka Sea Snake, Flea Bottom, and 10,000 Ships. It doesn’t stop there, reports say HBO may add in a GoT animated series for HBO Max (great news).
Martin’s deal won’t only focus on his original content; the author is also adapting Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death and Roger Zelazny’s Roadmarks for HBO. Martin will executive produce both projects.
For those still bothered by Game of Thrones‘ ending and plan to never forgive the franchise, remember this: GoT fell off once the show ran out of Martin’s material. Each storyline adapted from Martin’s novels represented the pinnacle of TV. Expect Martin’s signature brilliance on the upcoming projects he’s set to lead.
Now, for the downside. Martin just got busier and (a lot) richer. Translation: he now has even less time and motivation to finish the origin of this new deal — his book series.