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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.


Oct. 1st, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
Just out of curiosity...
Makes perfect sense to me. Out of curiosity, in a totally hypothetical world where wishes are reality -- let's say a movie is made, what would you like portrayed on the silver screen? The Dance of the Dragons? Regency of Aegon III? Aegon IV? DUNK AND EGG? the War of the Ninepenny Kings? Or a blow-out LOTR conclusion to the story?
Oct. 1st, 2015 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: Just out of curiosity...
No one is going to make a movie from some entirely different epoch in Westerosi history, with a whole new set of characters.

If there ever is a movie, it will be part of the current saga, and will star the actors and characters the audience loves.

Now maybe if that one grosses $300 million dollars or so, we can start talking about some of the ideas you're floating there.

But it's all hugely unlikely.
James Calinaya
Oct. 1st, 2015 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: Just out of curiosity...
If a successful GOT-era movie ever happens and producer people now want the other stories set in the world, what would you (Mr. Martin) personally like to see on the big screen before anything else?

Oct. 1st, 2015 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: Just out of curiosity...
Never gave it any thought.
Oct. 1st, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: Just out of curiosity...
Call me biased, but having recently finished FEVRE DREAM, I would almost rather see Abner Marsh, Joshua York, Valerie and Damon Julian on the big screen. Imagine my delight to learn that Ron Donachie (Ser Rodrik Cassel in GAME OF THRONES) narrated the audio version of the book.

P.S. Donachie would make for an outstanding Abner Marsh.


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