For every Frasier, there’s a Joey – so can the Game of Thrones spin-offs live up to the hype of HBO’s most profitable ever show?
HBO has announced plans for four different spin-offs of hit TV show Game Of Thrones.
Author George R R Martin has signed a contract with the broadcasters and four “very talented writers” to prolong the network’s most profitable ever show.
“We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in,” a spokeswoman for HBO said on Thursday.
The network has not set a deadline for the projects.
One of the four writers hired to extend the show’s success is Britain’s Jane Goldman, who co-wrote the R-rated superhero flick Kick-Ass in 2010.
The other three are Mad Men writer Carly Wray, Brian Helgeland, who penned the crime caper LA Confidential, and Max Borenstein from Kong: Skull Island.
The announcement comes as the series is gearing up for its inevitable end, scheduled for 2018.
It is a smart and predictable move for HBO, but one which has had varying degrees of success for other much-loved series.
While Cheers spin-off Frasier undoubtedly managed to emulate and even surpass the success of its predecessor, and Breaking Bad follow-up Better Call Saul has also been well received by fans, many have failed to stand on their own.