You might be able to tell I’m obsessed with how GOT has changed TV and what it might mean for the next decade of storytelling. Long form high budget epic stories seem to be in fashion, and seem to be a good gamble given that they often pay off massively.
We’re due another GOT and I don’t know if anything currently in production quite lives up that that potential. So what untapped properties do you think could become the next global hit? What new works are we ready to love?
Discworld. Not just because it’s fantasy, I think there’s a real opportunity in making a proper Discworld show centered around the Nights Watch. I know the BBC have made some shows, but they always felt cheap and niche. I think you could take the books and make something grand and sprawling and with the barrier down on fantasy shows I think it could become very mainstream.
Warhammer 40k. I suspect the streamers are already talking to Games Workshop about their brand. There’s a huge volume of books to pull from, a good established fanbase, but at the end of the day I think when we see a Space Marine on screen in the middle of a huge battle everyone will be interested.
Reborn. I know Netflix are working on this with Sandra Bullock, and I think they’re going to go the movie route rather than the TV route, but I think the idea behind this and the world they could make would be an immediate worldwide hit. The visuals are unlimited and the stories are easy to get invested in. You could tell a thousand stories in this world.
Jupiters Legacy. Bit cheating, but I know this is going to be excellent, and I think folks are ready for what they’re going to do with superheroes.