There’s been plenty of rumour and conjecture regarding what HBO was going to do post-Game Of Thrones. While they have other mightily popular shows like Westworld, there’s no denying that a potentially huge chunk of their audience is going to disappear. However, it seems they have a plan for a potential replacement.
The network has given a straight-to-series order to Circe. What is Circe? It’s an adaptation of Madeline Miller‘s bestselling 2018 novel, which revolves around the powerful Ancient Greek goddess Circe. Told from her own perspective, she “transforms from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch, able to challenge gods, titans and monsters alike”.
Gods? Titans? Monsters? All in a high fantasy setting? Sounds like a perfect Thrones replacement. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are on board to write and executive produce the series. They’ve worked on Jurassic World and also share screenplay credits on Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan remake.
Circe is the latest show HBO has ordered, but it’s the first to have a direct fantasy parallel to Game Of Thrones. However, the higher-than-usual number of series orders is likely down to HBO’s involvement with WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, HBO Max. More content is needed if Warner wants to compete with the likes of Netflix, hence the higher number of shows.
Sarah Aubrey, head of originals at HBO Max, said this of Circe:
“Circe tells an epic story of love, loss, tragedy and immortal conflict, all through the eyes of a fierce female lens. I’ve been a longtime fan of Rick and Amanda’s work and their ability to simultaneously build epic imaginative worlds while creating emotional dynamic characters”.
There’s plenty of potential here, we’ll wait to hear more. Maybe those angry Game Of Thrones fans will come crawling back if Circe promises potential.