George R.R. Martin confirms Game Of Thrones prequel "being discussed"

News Louisa Mellor 11 Feb 2013 - 07:02

Amongst other projects, George R.R. Martin has confirmed discussions are taking place for a potential Game Of Thrones prequel...

The speculation about HBO developing a TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin's Tales of Dunk and Egg began last week, when the A Song of Ice and Fire creator signed a further two-year deal with the network both to continue with Game of Thrones and develop new projects.

If developed, a Dunk and Egg adapation would be a prequel to Game of Thrones, taking place ninety years before the Westeros action begins in book one of A Song of Ice and Fire. The titular Dunk and Egg are soubriquets for Ser Duncan and Aegon Targaryen, both of whom are well known in GoT lore to fans of Martin's saga.

Martin, known for making himself generously available to fans, has confirmed to a commenter asking about the HBO deal, that "Dunk and Egg are being discussed". Here's the full exchange, with Martin's reply in italics:

"Is there anymore light you could shed on [your new HBO contract]? With the report saying you'll help produce other projects many fans hope for adaptations of Robert's Rebellion, D&E, Tuf [Voyaging], Sandkings... I doubt any of those mentioned will be produced anytime soon. My money is on you lending a hand on the new I, Claudius mini series."

Tuf would be fun. Dunk and Egg are being discussed. Robert's Rebellion is part of Ice & Fire, won't be a separate series. Sandkings was done by the OUTER LIMITS; I retain feature film rights, but television rights are gone. 

I, CLAVDIVS? Heh, not likely. And talk about a suicide mission. I mean, I'll watch, but how do you match one of the greatest TV series ever made? That's the television equivilent of remaking GONE WITH THE WIND or CITIZEN KANE. No, thanks."

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Oy, George. Stop fannying about with the TV series (others can do that) and finish the bloody books.

The books are his legacy not these shows.

Don't pull a Robert Jordan now, George.

No George, not Dunk and Egg, the rebellion! THE REBELLION!


I think George has his hands full trying to bring his ever burgeoning literary creation to some sort of satisfactory end - if ever! No wonder he's struggling if he's getting diverted into tv prequels. But he's right about I, Claudius. There's so much good literary source material out there I don't understand why unadventurous producers keep wanting to go into re-make territory. What about grabbing some of Gemmell's works for instance and turning those into visual feasts?!

Indeed! I don't read them (I can't read every fantasy series), but it would be a shame if HBO would have to wait for new books.

Absolutely, try not to take another four years on this please

+100000000000. FINISH THE BOOKS GEORGE. Your loyal fans have been biblically patient so far.

HOW?! He still has 2 books to release and they take about 4-5 years each! Use your head, man!

Here's an idea - finish the original series and make your next small fortune selling the rest of it to HBO, then start on the prequel.

At his writing rate, it might be happening.

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