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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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torridgrrrl
Oct. 1st, 2015 11:16 am (UTC)
I was overly excited by this rumor.....imagining getting to see the grisly (sad!) deaths of Rickard & Brandon Stark at the hands of the mad king......seeing the interactions of Rhaegar, Lyanna, and a young Robert Baratheon...(what really happened here? DYING to know)...seeing young Ned trying to save his sister...all this prior material of course has only been touched upon...such rich stories there....sigh...swoon....holding out hope that one day it'll happen.
TheNighIsDark
Oct. 1st, 2015 12:25 pm (UTC)
HBO may be in the TV biz but...
They just released an "Entourage" movie and it has been said by Doug Ellin that it's not even necessarily the last one (despite not exactly being a big hit).

In my opinion, a GOT movie (or franchise) is a sure-thing blockbusting dragon. Why wouldn't they want great success and pockets full of cash is beyond me.
Kroma Lusa
Oct. 1st, 2015 12:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there will be..
...a movie. It makes good business sense.

But I know how hard it is to keep on creating good story lines from personal experience.

James Dee

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Frank Giunta
Oct. 1st, 2015 02:21 pm (UTC)
You're the man George!
Don't let these foolish fans bring you down. I know there's a lot of pressure on you to get the book done, but I know that in good time it will be completed. I personally think the movie would be cool, but not necessary especially if there is going to be eight seasons on HBO. If you want more content people, READ THE BOOKS!

Stay positive George I'm riding for you and can't wait to read Winds of Winter!
Daria Grigor
Oct. 1st, 2015 02:22 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, people do confuse clickbait with news. Thank you, Mr. Martin, for being such a great writer.
memyselfandrye
Oct. 1st, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if HBO had any stake in financing the Entourage movie, but I'm sure they got paid (thought the movie did very poorly). Sex and the City though made a bundle. Even the second one made 305.1 million!

And I am sure HBO got their cut.

I both love and fear the idea of a GoT movie. It would be epic to see it on the big screen with a huge budget. But from a story telling point of view, how would it work? Just the narrative structure of a movie that's the last part of a 70-80 hour series, I just can't see it working well.
Sean Barker
Oct. 1st, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
Military music
Hey man, military music is actually really fascinating! How it varies from culture to culture, what they carry into battle, ritualistic functions...I think it's cool.
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