George RR Martin: Changes to HBO Max have impacted Game of Thrones

Martin wrote on his blog that changes at HBO Max have impacted the development of new series in the Game of Thrones universe.

The Game of Thrones franchise is part of Warner Bros. Discovery’s crème de la crème, with the main series and spin-off House of the Dragon now the flagship programs for HBO and streamer HBO Max. But apparently not even a behemoth like Thrones is immune to the turmoil affecting the company and HBO Max’s upcoming merger with Discovery+, according to original series writer George RR Martin.

In a post on his Not a Blog on Dec. 28, Martin shared updates on several of his developing projects, including Season 2 of House of the Dragon, the long-awaited episode A Song of Ice and Fire, ” The Winds of Winter and other follow-up shows in development taking place in the Game of Thrones universe. On his blog, Martin spoke briefly and indirectly about the “changes to HBO Max” — including the cancellation of shows and films and the removal of legacy footage — and admitted they had “impacted” on development.

“Some of these move faster than others, as development always does,” Martin wrote on his blog. “None has been given the green light yet, although we’re hoping…maybe soon.” A few have been shelved, but I wouldn’t agree they’re dead. You can take something off the shelf just as easily as you can put it on the shelf. Any changes to HBO Max have of course impacted us.”

Martin also spoke about his work on other projects, including an adaptation of the Wild Cards book series in development at Peacock, as well as other books in the series

“We’re also still developing the Wild Cards TV series for Peacock, which is (largely) based on ‘Fort Freak.’ And I have Wild Cards books to edit. Oh, and did I forget Winds of Winter? No of course not. But if I ever did, I know you’ll remind me.”

Martin also shared his thoughts on recent nominations for House of the Dragon, particularly Emma d’Arcy and Milly Alcock, who each received Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards for their portrayals of the series’ lead actress, Rhaenyra Targaryen.

“Awards season is upon us and congratulations to ‘House of the Dragon’ and Emma d’Arcy on their Golden Globe nominations, and to Milly Alcock and the series on their Critic’s Choice Award nominations,” wrote Martin. “Well deserved. Fingers and toes crossed for all of them. But hey, when the Emmy nominations come out, I hope Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Steve Toussaint get some love too. They were all exceptional.”

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