New HBO chief talks about Game of Thrones prequels

Last week, the enterprise world was shocked when HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who’d been on the community in some capability since 1992, introduced his resignation, purportedly as a result of Time Warner’s new mum or dad firm AT&T wasn’t going to permit him to run HBO with the independence to which he was accustomed. Now there’s a brand new sheriff on the town: former NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. He’ll be accountable for WarnerMedia Entertainment, which incorporates HBO, TNT, TBS and truTV, in addition to the corporate’s Direct-to-Consumer enterprise.

In HBO, Greenblatt has inherited a strong media firm with plenty of big-name tasks on the way in which, one of the notable being the Game of Thrones prequel sequence, set hundreds of years earlier than the occasions of the primary present. “I think to figure out a way to sustain ‘Game of Thrones’ or the ‘Game of Thrones’ world for the future is a really good idea — if it makes sense creatively and if everybody is on board,” Greenblatt instructed The Wrap.

Because the very last thing you need to do is roll out a by-product or two they usually’re lower than the usual of the unique present and you then’ve simply kind of failed miserably. But positive, it is sensible to attempt to maintain it if we are able to. You know, can you actually do two spinoffs? I don’t know. I imply, I’m not even positive you are able to do one. You know, so I don’t know but is the large, lengthy boring reply and I want I did.

We’ve solely heard particulars on the one, however at one level there have been no less than 5 Game of Thrones spinoff tasks in growth, though HBO by no means supposed to make all of them. Greenblatt’s place, that the community ought to take it sluggish and ensure they’ve a present that works slightly than blasting us with new GoT content material simply because it could actually, is fairly much like Plepler’s.

“But look, networks always face these turning points, shows get to a point where they’ve run their course and you have to, you know, replenish the network,” Greenblatt mentioned. “And that’s a challenge, that’s an exciting challenge and you usually find ways to do that. Do I wish there were three or four more years of ‘Game of Thrones’? Sure. But I think everyone is up for the challenge of what’s the next ‘Game of Thrones,’ what’s the next ‘Veep’?”

With luck and love, there are fairly a couple of reveals in HBO’s lineup that may exchange its present hits, from an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials to Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen present to a brand new sequence from J.J. Abrams. We’ll see quickly sufficient how Greenblatt manages them.

Production on the Game of Thrones prequel pilot. Hopefully HBO picks it up for a full sequence.

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