‘Game Of Thrones’ was a pop culture phenomenon that took the world by storm since its first episode back in 2011. However, it appears that a storm is brewing once more, this time negatively. George R.R. Martin recently claimed that changes at HBO Max had an impact on the ‘Game of Thrones’ show.
George R.R. Martin acknowledged that the ongoing shake-up with HBO’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, has had an impact on the Game of Thrones franchise. Martin disclosed a couple of shows have been canceled in his most recent ‘Not a Blog‘ post, but he was upbeat about their future.
“Some of those are moving faster than others, as is always the case with development. None have been greenlit yet, though we are hoping … maybe soon. A couple have been shelved, but I would not agree that they are dead. You can take something off the shelf as easily as you can put it on the shelf.”
“All the changes at HBO Max have impacted us, certainly.”
Warner Bros. Discovery has discontinued a number of programs and shelved a number of projects, including the recently finished $90 million Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace. Warner Bros. even withdrew titles from its HBO Max streaming service under the leadership of CEO David Zaslav.
According to Martin, callous actions were made to provide the business with a tax deduction, or in the case of Westworld, purportedly avoid paying residuals to the cast and crew.
Three spinoffs from the Game of Thrones universe, 9 Voyages (also known as Sea Snake), Flea Bottom, and 10,000 Ships, were rumored to be in development by Deadline last year. A few months later, there were apparently two animated projects in development.
Martin stated in July that a Jon Snow-focused television series was also in the works, with Kit Harington returning to the role. Martin said that the second season of ‘House of the Dragon’ is still on. What’s your take on Martin’s post? Let us know in the comments. For further updates stay tuned to Thirsty.
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