George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire (the book series that was made into the TV series for HBO, Game of Thrones), has signed a five year deal with HBO. Martin will be developing all sorts of new content for the network.
It was reported on by The Hollywood Reporter, that the deal will be a sprawling five-year deal and worth somewhere in the mid-eight figures.
This news comes not long after the news of HBO working on yet more Game of Thrones prequels. One of which, House of the Dragon, has been greenlit and has a cast already largely in place.
This makes a lot of sense from HBO’s aspect. Game of Thrones was by far their biggest draw and their most award-winning show. So of course they want to keep that cow producing milk.
The prequels they have in the works are content that’s already completed by Martin. There’s no worry about running out, unlike the last two seasons of Game of Thrones. This is also why it’s a good idea to lock Martin down to a deal to make more content.
There’s nothing on what the content will be. Martin’s deal could possibly be all new content and none of it is related to Game of Thrones.
This news does, however, put Martin in the driver seat as a major creative role for HBO for the future. Most likely making the network focused on genre type programming. This could be great news for fans of sci-fi and fantasy going forward.
It does seem unlikely the idea Martin will ever finish The Winds of Winter and the A Song of Ice and Fire series as a whole.