Game of Thrones has often been called out for its almost Shakespearean levels of intrigue and theatrical drama. So it’s no surprise that the next step for the franchise takes the stage: A new Broadway show based on George RR Martin’s hit fantasy series is now in the works, according to a new report. from The Hollywood Reporter
The goal is to make it Game of Thrones play from 2023, with plans for productions in New York City, the West End in London and Australia. Dominic Cooke will direct, with Simon Painter and Tim Lawson on board as producers.
The play would be a prequel during The big tournament in Harrenhal, 16 years before the events of Martin’s A song of ice and fire book series (en Game of Thrones, HBO’s blockbuster TV series adaptation). Fans will recognize that tournament as the start of the pivotal events leading up to the books and show that (mild spoilers) would eventually lead to Robert Baratheon’s rebellion and the overthrow of the Targaryen dynasty.
And while HBO isn’t involved in the production (at least for now), the as-yet-unnamed piece would give fans the chance to revisit popular characters like Ned Stark, Jaime Lannister, Robert Baratheon, Oberyn Martell, Barristan Selmy, Arthur. Dayne and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.
“The seeds of war are often sown in times of peace,” Martin said in a statement THRFew in Westeros knew there was going to be a massacre when highborn and small people alike gathered in Harrenhal to watch the best knights in the realm compete in a major tournament during the Year of the False Spring. It’s a tournament often mentioned on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and in my novels, A song of ice and fire … and now, finally, we can tell the whole story … on stage. “
Martin is involved in the production and is working on the story with playwright Duncan Macmillan. That adds yet another item to his already overflowing record of projects, including serving as an executive producer on House of the Dragon and at least two other TV shows and his new five-digit deal with HBO to develop new shows and movies for HBO Max. Moreover, HBO is already working on at least five others Game of Thrones spin-offs, which will presumably see Martin’s involvement in one way or another. And of course there is work to do long-awaited last books in his A song of ice and fire series – The wind of winter and a Spring dream – which Martin has been working on for nearly a decade.
Martin’s series wouldn’t be the first major fantasy story to make the leap from page to screen to stage. The most obvious precedent is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part Potter play that serves as the follow-up to the hit book series, with a story by author JK Rowling that continues the events of the series. That play, which opened in London in 2016, has since expanded to include productions on Broadway in NYC and in Melbourne, with a Toronto performance scheduled for 2022. Cursed child has also been a critical and commercial success, winning six Tony Awards in 2018 (including Best Play) and bring in record revenues – despite a somewhat lukewarm reception from fans of the story itself.