Well now, this is interesting news for Game of Thrones fans, and before moving on, let’s just touch on the possibly spoilerish nature of this post. If you’re not a Song of Fire and Ice reader, you have no idea how long Dinklage’s Tyrion is for the GoT world, and I don’t want you to worry over that. So, let’s just get the important bit of information out of the way; this new series is being eyed as a post Game of Thrones gig—and I’m going to white this little bit out for those of you who haven’t read the books (highlight to read): reports say the series will start after 2016. As readers know, there’s no reason Dinklage’s contract wouldn’t be renewed/extended beyond that, depending upon what point in the books the television series corresponds to at that time. Presumably, that might push this series premiere out a year or more.
Now, let’s get to the details. HBO is looking at developing The Beasts of Valhalla, part of George C. Chesbro’s Mongo Series. The novel has been described as science fiction with fantasy elements, intermingled with a detective story. Dinklage is being eyed to star as Dr. Robert Fredrickson aka Mongo The Magnificent, a professor of criminology and private eye who is also a martial arts expert and former circus performer. Sounds pretty perfect to me, and I think we’ll all be delighted if HBO does a science fiction series. Writer Justin Monjo (Farscape) has been working on the script for quite a while, but couldn’t think of someone he thought was right to play Fredrickson until he saw Dinklage’s Tyrion. Writer and actor have been corresponding and plan to meet in New York next month. If it goes to series, Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films will produce.