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What Movie?

Don't believe everything you read, boys and girls. Especially not on line.

I don't know where this latest round of "there's going to be a GAME OF THRONES movie" nonsense is coming from, but suddenly it is everywhere, and all of us connected with the show and HBO are being bombarded. But nothing has changed.

Let me review, for those who came in late.

The idea of ending GAME OF THRONES with one or more major feature films was first floated oh, three or four years ago. Let me say once again: this was NOT MY IDEA. However, I may have been the first one to mention the notion in public -- where and how I no longer recall -- so somehow I became associated with it.

I did say that I liked the idea. Of course I liked the idea. HOw not? This was back in the early days, where we couldn't even afford to shoot the Battle of the Green Fork and had to knock Tyrion unconscious instead. When the king's hunting party consisted of four guys on foot walking through the woods. At that time, in that context, the idea of big blockbuster movies with a LORD OF THE RINGS sized budget was powerfully attractive.

And the idea is still powerfully attractive. Not just to me, but to many people connected with the show. Actors, directors, producers, writers. How not? It would be a great way to end.

Which doesn't mean it is going to happen. There is great enthusiasm for the notion, sure, but not necessarily from HBO. They are in the TV business, not the feature film business. And those of you with long memories may recall all the rumors about a SOPRANOS movie... a ROME movie... a DEADWOOD movie. Rumors is all they were. And that's all this one is too, at least for now.

Lately the rumors have gotten even more specific. The film will be about Robert's Rebellion. It will be about Dunk & Egg. It will... oh, it's all too silly.

It would still be cool, and I'd still love to see it... but nothing has changed since the last round of rumors. I am still writing THE WINDS OF WINTER. David & Dan are still filming season six. HBO is still in the television business.

Don't take any of this stuff seriously. Clickbait journalism is to journalism as military music is to music.

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djmcgrvy
Oct. 1st, 2015 02:16 am (UTC)
If you didn't know, I'm pretty sure this new wave of movie rumors came from a recent YouTube interview with David and Dan, where the interviewer brought up the idea of a movie and D&D basically did what you did and said it was a cool idea. And of course, that got blown out of proportion, with news sites essentially saying a movie has been confirmed. Clickbait journalism is shameful, you're right. I'm sorry you have to deal with it.
John Nelson
Oct. 1st, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
I'll tell you where those rumors are coming from...
In the alternative Universe known as "The Internet", there lies a unique Virtual colony the size of a Galaxy known as "Social Media". Some of the inhabitants are rather quite docile and tepid. Some love to flaunt their ridiculously sexy duck face in gratuitous selfies (particularly sitting next to what they are about to eat). Others are just mild mannered adults ranging in the ages of 50-90 enjoying the onslaught of children and grand children's pictures. Other's still are forlorn, depressed and continuously write an incomplete poem entitled "I'm hella bored. FML. What's going on tonight...?"

But..intermingling this society of sexy, tepid, and hella bored individuals lies a pandemic so ghastly, I can hardly mention it in public (let alone on respectable blog posts like this). It's too terrifying to mention with out breaking into a sweat, or the need to roll against your sanity points (A little Chaosium reference for the true schoo' gamers out there). These ghoulish fiends go around during all hours and post constant FIBS AND LIES!!! These aren't just normal human beings. They live in darkness, in subterranean compounds and caves. They blockade bridges and demand money or an answer to a riddle to cross said bridges. They turn to stone in sunlight. They are in fact (DUM DUM DUM). TROLLS
And these Trolls don't post just just any sort of fib or lie either. No, no, no. These fibs and lies have a certain appeal. Meant to invoke paranoia, or excitability, these fiendish fiendish trolls have only one goal in mind: TO CONTROL THE MINDS OF ALL THE INTERNET! For the feed of the negativity and power.
Who knows how these trollish fibs and lies are started. Perhaps it starts off as a hope, a wish, and desire of said Troll. Perhaps one of these trolls, lacking in sleep had a vision of a GoT movie so clear, so detailed it was like he was sitting in an iMax theater. This angered the troll when he woke from his vision. He wanted to spread his wrath from his disappointment, and make others suffer the same delusion. Hence...one night, he typed it all out. The details of what, who, where and when of his delusional vision of the GoT movie. He clicked send. And spread like the green flame of wildfire, his post took down the mental stability, rationality and comprehension of other wise good natured GoT fans who had previously only cared about their sexy selfies, grand children pics and feeling hella bored.

David F
Oct. 1st, 2015 02:23 am (UTC)
Hardhome was the best movie I've seen all year.
harryberger89
Oct. 1st, 2015 02:57 am (UTC)
A song of Ice and Fire
I think people are getting crazy with the lack of updates on Winds of Winter. I know talking about Winds of Winter on here is frowned upon, but...
cashcraig
Oct. 1st, 2015 03:00 am (UTC)
What about the Wild Cards movie? Is it still in dev hell?
grrm
Oct. 1st, 2015 04:43 am (UTC)
Yes, alas.

The current option will expire soon, though. Which could mean the project will soon be back in play.
caravaggio2012
Oct. 1st, 2015 03:31 am (UTC)
Movie
It doesn't make sense to me that a movie would be made about something that hasn't been written.

I'm not sure how a GoT movie would work. I'd think it would have to be set during the events of the very end of the series. Could that work as its own stand alone movie?

It makes more sense to me that HBO would make the series finale 2 hours long or something like that.

To be honest, even if they decided to make ADoS an epic theatrical trilogy, I probably wouldn't watch until after reading the books. I'd love it, don't get me wrong, but I have to read it first.
Aaron Vijay Lazarus
Oct. 1st, 2015 03:50 am (UTC)
Most important line in article!
All that mattered to me was this line:


I AM STILL WRITING WINDS OF WINTER.


im sure it'll be worth the wait good sir..
jonathan pierce
Oct. 1st, 2015 04:04 am (UTC)
"News" Sites
So very often I see news articles regarding the son of Kong release date, or completely out of context quotes that would like to portray it as some hidden innuendo signaling some pretty off the wall facts, generally taken from this not a blog.

-----/
GRRM stated on personal blog that HBO is shooting a Roberts Rebellion Movie. (Taking that one sentence above)

Son of Kong delayed, GRRM used the word 'the' 27 times in his most recent post as a bread crumb to hint only 27 chapters being finished!

Everest will be playing at the Jean Cocteau, proof that Winter has indeed come and an early son of Kong release is imminent!
-----/

It's disheartening that on slow news days certain news sites churn out these nonsensical, factually challenged articles.

Though why no one is talking about a certain set in Westeros book that is coming out next week I find equally disheartening. Where is the love for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms? 10/6/2015.

mercedene
Oct. 1st, 2015 04:44 am (UTC)
It still stings that Deadwood didn't get a movie and Sex and the City got two.
grrm
Oct. 1st, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)
Amen
got16
Oct. 1st, 2015 04:54 am (UTC)
Blog pic
Andy Devine and Froggy - talk about a blast from the (very distant) past! Oh, nice NAB too. A GOT movie might be nice, if any of the characters are left alive when the series ends. I know nada about the movie biz, but I imagine the logistics would be horrendous.
Yehonatan Liron
Oct. 1st, 2015 06:11 am (UTC)

A movie does make perfect sense, though.  After all, GoT is the most pirated show ever, right ?  This would be a great way to monetize that huge fan base.  People will happily pay to see this.

fixnwrtr
Oct. 1st, 2015 06:19 am (UTC)
I would love to see a full length movie based on some part of the GoT books. That being said, I do know that HBO does produce and mount full length movies, and not all are for TV. I don't think they go in for big budget, LOTR style movies, but anything can happen. Just not today.
Tracy Semonik
Oct. 1st, 2015 08:23 am (UTC)
okay but....
Ok but... can I haz Skin Trade movie? Pleeez?
Chris Ashcroft
Oct. 1st, 2015 09:06 am (UTC)
I think a TV event to shadow all that has come before would be the perfect finale. A twelve episode final season with episodes 10, 11 and 12 all screening on the same night.

Imagine the furore, the tension and flow of the finale that could build and build over three hours, with no week long breaks to lose the momentum . A huge GOT themed tantric orgasm. With Superbowl sized advertising revenues no doubt.

The TV event of the century that will knock MASH and Friends into a cocked hat.

Ugh, I'm looking forward to it now and it's not even real.
gracht
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:26 am (UTC)
'I'm still writing The Winds of Winter'
That's the best thing I've heard all day. Thank you, George. I'm planning a trip back to Westeros soon, myself. Note to Self, "Remember to pack destrier's nose-bag, boiled leather, extra warm mittens. Oh, and trust no-one.'

I think we've already seen on TV how 'Winds' ends.. when Danny walks through ruined Red Keep throneroom in winter snows... Ach but never trust these pesky foretellings.
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