Inspired by a recent screening of Netflix’s animated series “Blue Eye Samurai,” “Game of Thrones” creator George R. R. Martin penned a new blog post praising the work of Amber Noizumi and Michael Green. And while he was in a sharing mood, Martin decided to drop news about his own up-and-coming animation aspirations.
“‘Blue Eye Samurai’s’ very much its own thing, and it is magnificent,” Martin wrote. “Even if you don’t normally watch animation, give it a try. It’s terrific. If you like my own stuff, I think you’ll love it.”
The writer then pivoted to his current work. “As it happens, HBO and I have our own animated projects, set in the world of ‘A Song Of Ice & Fire.’ None of them have been greenlit yet, but I think we are getting close to taking the next step with a couple of them.”
The father of Westeros revealed that he previously had four animated series pitches in development with HBO. Variety broke the “Game of Thrones” animated series news back in 2021, and Martin went even further revealing that there were several writers rooms, scripts and outlines created, unfortunately, two out of the four projects were “shelved,” as Martin phrased it.
While he continues to toil on the two remaining animated projects, Martin also dropped the news that his earlier announced Sea Snake series would be pivoting to animation as well.
“We have moved ‘Nine Voyages,’ our series about the legendary voyages of the Sea Snake, over from live action to animation. A move I support fully. Budgetary constraints would likely have made a live action version prohibitively expensive, what with half the show taking place at sea, and the necessity of creating a different port every week, from Driftmark to Lys to the Basilisk Isles to Volantis to Qarth to… well, on and on and on. There’s a whole world out there. And we have a lot better chance of showing it all with animation. So we now have three animated projects underway.”
The names and plots for the mysterious two animated series remain under wraps. Numerous “Game of Thrones” spinoff projects have been reported on for years now, from the “Flea Bottom” to the “10,000 Ships” series. Last April, Variety broke the news that a prequel about Aegon I Targaryen’s conquest of Westeros was in development and the ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight’ series had been ordered as well. Could any of these plots be the aforementioned animated shows Martin is posting about, only time will tell.
Representatives for HBO did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.