HBO considering 'Game of Thrones' prequel series from George R.R. Martin

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"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin has signed a deal with HBO to develop and produce a new series for the network, but what will it be? It definitely won't be a comedy, and Martin revealed in a new interview that it might be set in the world of Westeros.

During a chat with IGN, Martin says that the idea has come up to develop his "A Song of Ice and Fire" prequel series -- affectionately known as the "Dunk and Egg" novellas -- as a television show for HBO. Of course, he's also tossing around ideas for making a science fiction show and a couple historical shows set in various periods, so take this news with a grain of salt.

"I have been writing for a number of years a series of novellas set in the same world, the world of Westeros, but a hundred years earlier, about two characters called Dunk and Egg," Martin says. "I published three of those novellas, 'The Hedge Knight,' 'The Sworn Sword' and 'The Mystery Knight,' and I have in mind about nine or 10 more novellas about the adventures of Dunk and Egg."

He continues, "So we have been playing with the idea of doing those as prequels. They would be prequels, in a sense, they're a hundred years earlier but in the same world. They're somewhat lighter in tone than the main series, a little more adventurous. But my fans love them and I love the two characters too, and it all ties into Westeros history. So maybe that will be what we'll do."

When asked definitively by IGN if turning the novellas into a series is something HBO is considering, Martin says yes.

The Dunk and Egg novellas take place several generations before the events of "Game of Thrones," so characters like Sean Bean's Eddard Stark wouldn't be alive to be a part of it. Even the Mad King Aerys, the last Targaryen to rule in Westeros before Robert Baratheon's rebellion, is not alive during the time of Dunk and Egg (in face, Aerys' father Aegon V is a major character in the series). 

The connections between the Dunk and Egg stories and the "A Song of Ice and Fire" ones are there but not overt, so it might be a little bit too much of a stretch for audiences to see this potential series as a direct prequel. That being said, the novellas are great stories and the release of another "Game of Thrones" series could be useful if the TV show catches up to Martin's books (he has two left to release).

Zap2it also spoke with Martin at the "Game of Thrones" Season 3 premiere, and he said he is on the hunt for the right showrunners to helm his new project.

"The hard part will be -- because I have to write these two more ['ASoIaF'] books, as you're aware -- so I have to find another ['Game of Thrones' showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] to actually run these shows for me after I come up with the concepts and get it going, so I'm looking for those now. It's hard to find a David and a Dan, they're really incredible talents."

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