The game of thrones the sequel starring Kit Harington will be called Snow, and it was all actor-initiated, says author George RR Martin.
“Yes, there is a Jon Snow show in development,” Martin wrote Thursday on his personal blog. “Our working title for the show is SNOW.”
In his blog entry, the author whose books HBO’s award-winning blockbuster was based on revealed a few more details about the potential series, which appears to be much further along than previously thought.
On the one hand, reiterating what Obtained Star Emilia Clarke told the BBC on Wednesday, Martin says it was Harington himself who pitched the idea for the new show. The scribe once called the “American Tolkien” by Time magazine also revealed that Snow is partially staffed.
“Yes, it was Kit Harrington (sic) who brought us the idea,” Martin wrote. “I can’t tell you the names of the writers/showrunners, because it hasn’t been cleared for release yet…but Kit brought them in as well, his own team, and they’re great.”
“SNOW has been in development almost as long as the other three, but for some reason it was never announced and it never leaked…until now,” Martin noted.
The previously announced trio Obtained the spinoff in the works is the Amanda Segal-directed film 10,000 ships; 9 trips a.k.a Sea serpent by Bruno Heller; and the Dunk & Egg prequel series written by Steve Conrad titled either The Hedge Knight Where Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
The first prequel series, Dragon Housestars Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno and Rhys Ifans and premieres August 21 on HBO Max.
Harington News Obtained spin-off was first broken by THR Last week. At the time, sources said the project was in the very early stages of development.
Today, Martin offered a much more evolved impression of where Snow was at:
Various rumors circulate about my involvement, or lack thereof. I’m involved, just like I am with THE HEDGE KNIGHT and THE SEA SNAKE and TEN THOUSAND SHIPS, and all the animated shows. Kit’s team visited me here in Santa Fe and worked with me and my own team of brilliant and talented writers/consultants to craft the show.
These four successive series are still at the script stage. Outlines and treatments were written and approved, scripts were written, notes were given, second and third drafts were written. So far, that’s all. That’s how television works. Please note: Nothing has been greenlit yet, and there’s no guarantee when or if it will be… on any of these shows. The likelihood of all four shows airing… well, I’d love that, but that’s not how it usually works.
There’s all sorts of reasons why pilots never get picked up for shows, all sorts of reasons why scripts never get shot as pilots, all sorts of reasons why big salaries never get sent to the script. That’s how the business works. I learned that a long time ago, when I first started on television. BLACK CLUSTER. STARPORT. THE SURVIVORS. DOORS. VANISH. These were just a few of my stillborn children from those years. I still mourn them. It’s a new day, though, so…hopefully one or two or three or all four GOT spinoffs air.
That’s all I can tell you about SNOW for now. If HBO says I can tell you more, I will…
HBO did not respond to Martin’s blog post today.
Whether Snow happens to the series, it would of course not be the first time Harington’s character has returned to the Seven Kingdoms. Jon Snow was reportedly killed at the end of season 5 of the hit series. In a surprise to the few, the character was resurrected at the start of Season 6.
Today Martin may have responded in part to Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen in all eight seasons of Obtained, speaking to the Beeb earlier this week. “As far as I know it was created by Kit, so it’s in there from scratch,” Clarke said in the article scheduled for her UK stage debut on June 29 in Chekhov. The Seagull. “So what you’re going to watch hopefully, if it happens, is certified by Kit Harington.”
Unlike Martin, Clarke has had and expects to have nothing to do with Snow or any game of thrones spin off. “No, I think I’m done,” she told the BBC this week.