Kit Harington hasn’t been approached about a spin-off of the HBO hit
As much as we’d love for the latest Game of Thrones rumor to be true, Kit Harington has not been approached about starring in a spin-off of the HBO hit, sources say.
Various UK outlets claimed Sunday that the Jon Snow actor has entered preliminary talks about participating in a as-yet-unannounced Thrones sequel series.
But reps for the show and actor say there is zero truth to this.
HBO been pretty adamant that there’s no current Thrones spin-off or prequel plan. But that could eventually change with the just-announced departure of top programming executive Michael Lombardo, who told EW a firm “no” when asked about a spin-off last month. “If that were to happen it would have to come from [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] really feeling something, or [author George R.R. Martin] really feeling that it was the right thing to do,” he said. “Not knowing how this particular story ends, I don’t know. There are plenty of characters, secondary characters, [who] you could build a world around. We’re always going to be drawn to a strong creative vision. But we are not going to do that unless we feel their passion.”
Thrones showrunners recently agreed with HBO. “No, we don’t talk about that stuff,” Dan Weiss said. “The job at hand is too enormous and challenging to be further diffusing ourselves by thinking about spin-offs, and theme park rides, and ice ballets … but if anybody has a good pitch for a good Game of Thrones ice ballet, let us know.”
On the heels of that, Martin told EW he was open to the right spin-off idea. “There is certainly no lack of material,” Martin said. “Every episode of The Naked City – one of the television shows I watched as a kid – ended with a voice-over: ‘There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.’ There are eight million stories in Westeros as well … and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told… if indeed HBO is interested.”
HBO actually has a decades-long track record of declining to order spin-offs. Legacy hits The Sopranos, Sex and the City, True Blood, Six Feed Under, and Entourage all concluded without birthing another show (occasionally a movie, but not a series). Thrones, however, is arguably a very different case. As Martin points out, the sprawling mythology of Westeros, combined with having an unusually large number of characters, makes the show ripe with possibilities. Plus Thrones is HBO’s biggest hit of all time – ratings have climbed each year, which is highly unusual – and the drama racked up a record number of Emmys last year. Plus, while spin-offs used to have an unseemly and opportunistic taint to them during the CSI era, today’s media and fandom see creative expansion in more favorable terms – Netflix has Marvel heroes, ABC has Shondaland dramas (with shows that are connected by a certain storytelling style, if not the same characters), Disney has Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and NBC has its Chicago procedurals.
In any case, the clock is beginning to tick if HBO wants to keep new Westeros tales on the air each year. Thrones producers have proposed wrapping the current series at 73 hours, with a final 13 episodes split between seasons 7 and 8 (the UK stories also claimed the series would wrap with season 7, which is not true either). It’s not yet clear if HBO will agree to the end-date plan.
Source: Entertainment Weekly by James Hibbard
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Game of Thrones has transformed from a cult TV show into the most successful television series ever.
Some of that runaway global success is down to Kit Harington.
His smouldering turn as Jon Snow in the series has made him one of our brightest stars.
The character’s death and resurrection earlier this year made headline news around the world.
Andrew Marr caught up with Kit on stage in London where he is currently playing Doctor Faustus in a controversial version of Marlowe’s classic play
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
Synopsis: Tyrion seeks a strange ally. Bran learns a great deal. Brienne goes on a mission. Arya is given a chance to prove herself.
It was the buzz of the year. After the shocking finale of the fifth season of Game of Thrones with the murder of Jon Snow by a group of traitorous Brothers of the Night and no indication from George R.R. Martin (author of the saga, who hasn’t yet published the sixth book and is thus on a lag with respect to the HBO series) as to the fate of the most popular of his heroes, the speculative frenzy of the fans has become a viral phenomenon ready to pounce on any tidbit of news. The hypothesis that he died, case closed, was first undermined by the fact that Kit continued to sport the trademark look demanded by the series, then by some photos stolen from the shooting location in Ireland, despite official statements by the network and the actor. Now we know: Jon Snow is alive. “Having to maintain absolute secrecy for so long has been a formidable test for understanding the psychology of other people on the basis of assumptions made. What I realized is that many people feel they have a much stronger connection with Jon Snow than I do”.
News from The Death and Life of John F. Donovan:
Fresh from their double triumph at the BAFTA TV awards, Warp Films has come aboard to co-produce major new feature film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, with Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman and Kathy Bates among the stellar ensemble cast.
Lyla Films in Montreal has developed the project, which will be directed by Xavier Dolan, whose 2014 feature Mommy shared the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2014 and won the Cesar for Best Foreign Film in 2015.
The Canadian-born multi-hyphenate is calling the shots from his own screenplay, and will produce alongside Nancy Grant and Lyse Lafontaine. Two UK producers are on board for Warp; head over to Production Intelligence for details.
Filming is anticipated to be up and running in October, with a three-week stint in the UK. Montreal is also set as a main filming location.
We will report again on PI as UK HoDs board the project, so subscribers should make sure they’re following the project from 12 May.
Set in New York and the UK, the film centres on a young actor who years previously had struck up a pen-pal correspondence with his idol, a famous American TV star. Some ten years after the star’s death, the actor reflects on the relationship, set against a backdrop of the changing face of fame and the film industry.
Source: The Knowledge
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