15 shows vying to become the next Game of Thrones

 qz.com  05/17/2019 19:07:00 

HBOs Game of Thrones is the biggest show on television, so its no surprise that the whole industry is hoping to replicate its success. In fact, 2019 will see a full slate of prestige fantasy epics from traditional networks, as well as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

While its unclear if any of these will be the next Game of Thrones, it does seem that were entering a golden age of fantasy television. Heres whats coming up:

(Three) Game of Thrones spinoffs

  • Based on: original screenwriting, but per GoT author George R.R. Martins official blog, one might be based on his 2018 novel Fire & Blood.
  • Service: HBO
  • What we know: In 2017, Martin said that there would be five GoT spinoffs, but we learned last month that one of thesea rumored prequelfrom one of the shows mainscriptwritershad been nixed. Another of the prequels has already been cast.

The Lord of The Rings

  • Based on: J.R.R. Tolkiens fantasy trilogy of the same name
  • Service: Amazon
  • What we know: The company will produce a five-season series based on the books, in partnership with Tolkiens estate, as well as the rights-holders involved with the LOTRand Hobbitfilm franchises.

His Dark Materials

  • Based on: Philip Pullmans epic fantasy trilogy of the same name
  • Services: BBC and HBO
  • What we know: Dafne Keen will star as Lyra Belacqua, the shows protagonist. Other lead actors include James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby.

The Chronicles of Narnia

  • Based on: thenovels of the same name by C.S. Lewis
  • Service: Netflix
  • What we know: Netflix acquired both film and television rights to the book series, and its plan includes both films and a TV series, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

The Witcher

  • Based on: the Witcher novels and stories by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Service: Netflix
  • What we know: Henry Cavill will play the lead role in the series, and wears a controversial wig.


  • Based on: aforthcoming fantasy novel by Tom Wheeler
  • Service: Netflix
  • What we know: The 10-part series will be a retelling of the legend of King Arthur though the perspective of the Lady of the Lake.


  • Based on: Robert E. Howards books on Conan the Cimmerian
  • Service: Amazon
  • What we know: Game of Thronesdirector Miguel Sapochnik (Battle of the Bastards, The Long Night, and The Bells) is set to direct the pilot. Expect blood.

The Wheel of Time

  • Based on: the fantasy series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  • Services: Amazon and Sony Pictures Television
  • What we know: Rafe Judkins of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will serve as the shows writer and executive producer.

The Dark Tower

  • Based on: Stephen Kings fantasy series of the same name
  • Service: Amazon
  • What we know: Glen Mazzara, former executive producer on The Walking Dead, will serve as the showrunner.

Shadow and Bone

  • Based on:the first two books in Leigh Bardugos Grisha trilogy
  • Service: Netflix
  • What we know: The eight-episode first season will see Bird Box screenwriter Eric Heisserer as showrunner and Stranger Things Shawn Levy as an executive producer.

Good Omens

  • Based on: the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett
  • Services: Amazon and BBC
  • What we know: The six-episode series will debut on Amazon and air on the BBC, with Gaiman acting as executive producer and showrunner. It boasts an all-star cast, with Jon Hamm as the angel Gabriel, Frances McDormand as God, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan.

The Kingkiller Chronicles

  • Based on: the series of the same name by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Service: Showtime
  • What we know: Lin-Manuel Miranda is expected to create the shows soundtrack, while Sam Raimi (known for the Spider-Man trilogy) is expected to serve as director.
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