REPORT: Game of Thrones Writer Working on Amazon's Lord of the Rings Series


Now that Game of Thrones is over, the cast and crew are moving on. However, one writer on the show is apparently moving from Westeros to Middle-earth.

In a blog post following the release of the final episode, George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, discussed several future projects for the show's cast and crew.

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"Let me say this much — last night was an ending, but it was also a beginning," he wrote. "Nobody is retiring any time soon. David and Dan are going on to Star Wars and other projects beyond that. Amazon scooped up Bryan Cogman, and put him to work on developing shows of his own, as well as helping out on their big Tolkien project. Our brilliant cast has scattered to the four winds, but you’ll be seeing a lot of them in the years to come, in all manner of television shows and movies. Our directors are keeping busy as well. I suspect that you have not seen the last of Westeros on your television sets either, but I guess that all depends on how some of these successor shows turn out."

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Variety later verified Martin's statement that, yes, Cogman will be working on the huge Middle-Earth series, though Amazon has yet to confirm this information. He will not be the showrunner of the series, but he will reportedly be writing an unconfirmed number of episodes.

Cogman wrote 11 episodes of Game of Thrones and the script for Disney's The Sword in the Stone, coming straight to Disney+. This newest project only serves to continue Cogman's continued contributions to the fantasy genre.

Cogman had previously been reported to be working on a spinoff to Game of Thrones, but that show is no longer moving forward.

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Amazon has committed to five seasons of the Lord of the Rings series, with J.D Payne and Patrick McKay attached as showrunners. Production is expected to begin in or near 2020, with the show premiering in 2021.

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