GAME of Thrones action hero Kit Harington could star in his own spin-off series once the hit show comes to an end.
The English actor’s character – swashbuckling Night’s Watch swordsman Jon Snow – has only just been brought back to life on screen by the magic spell of a sorceress.
But studio bosses in America are already planning to build a series around him after what is set to be the show’s final season next year.
The new show could turn 29-year-old Kit into one of the highest-paid stars in television history with a salary in excess of a million dollars – approximately £684,000 – per episode.
That figure could almost double if his agents succeed in negotiating a bonus deal based on massive worldwide syndication expected to match that of Thrones, which is viewed in 170 countries.
A senior executive at HBO confirmed that “exploratory talks” with Kit opened after he was sworn to secrecy about his character’s dramatic resurrection prior to the launch of Thrones’ current sixth season, adding: “Any spin-off built around Jon Snow, who is hugely popular with fans, would also undoubtedly involve other characters from the cast.
“When the final season wraps next year, it’s going to be a case of figuring out who we want to join us for a new series and which of those cast members actually want to jump on board.”
Several of those key stars – including Emilia Clarke, 29, who plays ‘Dragon Queen’ Daenerys Targaryen and Gwendoline Christie, 37, who plays fearsome female knight Brienne of Tarth – have begun to build major movie careers in Hollywood.
Our source said: “One of the hardest things in showbiz is trying to keep an ensemble cast together and there’s no doubt that, when Thrones finally comes to a close, most members will head off to pursue fresh projects.”
Author George R.R. Martin, on whose A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels Thrones is based, will remain as a consultant on HBO for the spin-off series.
Source: Sunday Express