Game of Thrones might be HBO’s hottest property and it has author George R R Martin to thank (as well as an amazing crew and ensemble cast). It appears the cable network is keen to get more out of Martin beyond his fantasy works, with reports suggesting the writer is cooking up a science fiction series for it.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, Martin covered a number of topics, including the impending arrival of GOT’s sixth season next year and the lack of its precursor novel, The Winds of Winter. The author mentions that he’s pulling out the stops to get it done, lamenting the fact that he should have struck while the iron was hot:
Having The Winds of Winter published before season 6 of Thrones airs next [autumn] “has been important to me all along,” says the best-selling New Mexico author. “I wish it was out now. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I cancelled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews — anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.”
“I was red hot on the book and I put it aside for six months” he says. “I was so into it. I was pushing so hard that I was writing very well.”
Towards the end of the interview, Martin confirms that he’s working with HBO on a sci-fi show, called “Captain Cosmos”, set during “the dawn of the age of TV”, that will “[tell] stories no one else will dare to tell”. Other than that, no additional info is provided, except that Z Nation’s Michael Cassutt is penning the pilot.
Anyone else immediately think of Gene Roddenberry? Sounds like it could have some steam.