George R. R. Martin has revealed the title of the first of the highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel television shows. He confirmed on his website that the series will be titled The Long Night. He Tweeted, “Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film.”
Just last week, Oscar-nominated Australian actress Naomi Watts was cast in the show in an unspecified role. Martin responded to the announcement writing on his blog, “I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.”
The Long Night will be written by Jane Goldman who has also adapted the Kingsman films, The Woman In Black, and Kick-Ass for the silver screen. “She and her team are busy in London right now, neck deep in casting, and I expect some more names will be announced soon,” Martin said.
The 70-year-old author also teased about the other planned prequels, although he wouldn’t offer any details. “Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development,” he said. “I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could.”
HBO which produces Game of Thrones has up to five spin-offs from the show currently in production. The final season of the show, scheduled to air in 2019, will reportedly have the biggest battle in entertainment history.
The network released a description for The Long Night as follows: “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
If the prequel does indeed get made to order, it would mark the first time in HBO’s history that a follow-up series has been made to one of its shows.
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