Just before the middle of July, the most successful fantasy TV series ever – Game of Thrones – has finished filming forever. With the filming finished, the team will get into the studio to apply special effects to the material and cut it to perfection so that the fans of the show won’t be disappointed when it returns to the screens in 2019.
And when it finally ends… then what? Will another series try to repeat the success of HBO’s fantasy epic or will another similarly grandiose series but in a different setting be the determinative show of the the post-Game of Thrones era?
One thing’s for sure: the HBO’s science fiction epic “Westworld” has already shown that it falls short of the viewers’ expectations. But even without it, the list of candidates ready to fill the hole GoT will leave behind once its end is pretty impressive.
Amazon has secured the rights to J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy, “Lord of the Rings”, and will turn it into a TV series. Unfortunately for its fans, the series will likely not hit the screens before 2021, and it will be a prequel to the original Peter Jackson trilogy – so there is a ton of lore to explore in front of the writers.
There are many other epic series set to hit the screens in the coming years. Among them, Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels adapted in the form of a six-part miniseries by BBC Studios. The Discworld universe is epic, with technology and magic existing in the same flat world born by four elephants on their backs.
Halo is a science fiction video game series with a massive fan base, especially among Xbox users. Many have tried to adapt the epic science fiction story to the screen in the past but apart from a handful of one-offs, these weren’t successful. This time, in turn, the universe will fall into the hands of Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Television, under the helm of showrunner Kyle Killen and director Rupert Wyatt. If the initial 10-episode run of the series is successful, we might see more of it in the future.
Another epic science fiction story set to hit the screens in the coming years is Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series. This April, Apple snatched the rights for the small screen adaptation of the series (one that’s very hard to adapt, mind you), with David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman involved with the project.
Last but not least let us mention “His Dark Materials”, Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy slash coming of age story that stretches across two universes. BBC has announced its intention to turn the novels into a TV series back in 2015 – the eight-part series is produced by New Line Cinema and Bad Wolf and is said to have already cast James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and many others in its main roles.