In addition to the various spin-offs planned by HBO, the Game of Thrones saga will soon invest the boards of Broadway. According to The Hollywood Reporter, George RR Martin is working on writing a play inspired by the world of novels. The curtain rises could take place as early as 2023.
With its almost Shakespearean dramas, the series Game of Thrones is a unquestionable success. Inspired by novels A Song of Ice and Fire, production made in HBO is now preparing to invest Broadway. According to information from The Hollywood Reporter, a piece devoted to the universe imagined by George RR Martin is in development. The actors could tread Broadway boards, but also West End in London from 2023. An Australian version of the show is also under consideration. They will be directed by Dominic Cooke, former artistic director of the Royal Court Theater in London. He is best known for staging The Crucible by Arthur Miller as well as Follies in 2017. The project is therefore quite promising. The author of the saga is not very far either since he should participate in the writing.
16 before the events of the series
On the plot side, this play should take us 16 before the events of the series during the great Harrenhal tournament. It was during this period that the Targaryen rule was overthrown by Robert Baratheon, who would then sit on the Iron Throne. In a press release, sent to The Hollywood Reporter, George RR Martin gives more information on the plot that will unfold during the performance. “The seeds of war are often planted in peacetime. Few in Westeros knew the carnage to come when young and old alike gathered in Harrenhal to watch the world’s best knights compete against each other in a grand tournament, during the Year of False Spring. It is an event often mentioned in Game of Thrones, and in my novels A Song of Ice and Fire, we can finally tell the whole story… on stage. ” We should therefore logically cross some of the characters of the series, or at least their younger alter-ego. For now, the details of the casting are kept under wraps. It will probably be necessary to expect to find Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark but also Lyanna Stark, the sister mentioned several times in the series. This piece could explore the romance she had with Rhaegar Targaryen. As a reminder, it is from this love forbidden to Romeo and Juliet that Jon Snow was born. We could also cross Cersei and Jaime Lannister.
HBO is not involved at this time
If the saga has long been linked to HBO, and many series inspired by the universe are in development, this time the television channel remains on the sidelines. At the moment, she is not involved in the production. On the other hand, one could imagine that the production, already promised to be a monster success, arouses the interest of the firm. To allow fans who could not get tickets, the platform HBO Max could air a retransmission, much like what Disney + had already done with Hamilton last summer. Moreover, HBO Max could offer many content of the genre in the coming years. I have to say that Game of Thrones will not be the only Warner Bros license to have entered Broadway. A play dedicated to the saga Harry Potter has been performing in London and New York for several years. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also one of the greatest successes of its kind. No doubt that Game of Thrones will manage to do as well. See you in 2023 for the curtain to rise.