Game of Thrones Spinoffs Will be Big Budget Out of the Gate
Mar 14 2018
HBO senior VP of drama, Francesca Orsi, seemed to confirm this while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter. She said the spinoffs will have budgets close to what the main series has. "$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do".
The executives also addressed the second season of "Big Little Lies", which will also try to capture the magic of the first. Orsi assures that whatever spin-off they opt for will live up to the original, adding that it feels like "corporate malfeasance" not to pursue more of Game of Thrones.
Francessca detailed how emotional the cast became during a "powerful" table read, which none of the cast had read before.
The final six episodes are reportedly so impressive that everyone at the table read stood to applaud for 15 to 20 minutes when it wrapped up. HBO has up to five Game of Thrones spin-off planned that it hopes to greenlight, as soon as the network figure out how to budget for them. "That's why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs", addding that "we're going big".
Game of Thrones has been killing off characters with increasing regularity as it barrels toward its conclusion, so it's not remotely surprising to hear it'll keep up that pace in the final season. However, while all of the above have broken the Iron Bank when it comes to spending, they are arguably some of the show's most memorable outings, and have made Game of Thrones the sensation that it is today.
Of course, the end of Game of Thrones and the beloved characters is not necessarily a goodbye to the entire world that HBO painstakingly recreated over eight seasons. But Orsi said HBO is still the preferred choice for prestige offerings when compared to Amazon, Netflix, and other new competitors.