UPDATE (10/1/2015): George R.R. Martin has released a statement on his personal blog asserting that the claims made by The Daily Star aren't true. Original story follows.
Now that HBO has scrounged up another 12 Emmy wins thanks to its immensely popular hit “Game of Thrones,” it looks like the producers are hoping to explore the successful series beyond the confines of the small screen. According to author George R.R. Martin, there will be a movie based on the series.
Martin, who is hard at work trying to finish Book 6 of his seven part “Song of Ice and Fire” saga, has always remained relatively tight-lipped about the prospect of the TV Series adapting itself to the big screen - until now. According to to U.K. tabloid the Daily Star, the author exclusively revealed that a movie will happen, but he won’t have much to do with it.
“There will be a movie but I will not be involved,” he said. “I have too much to do. That is something HBO and [producers] D.B. [Weiss] and David [Benioff] are dealing with. I have two more books to finish and I still have so much to do. The pressure is on. I am such a slow writer and the fans get upset that I don’t write faster.”
For those that watch the HBO series or have read Martin’s books, there is obviously a lot of fruitful territory that could be expanded into a one-off movie plot. In the past, fans have expressed interest in exploring the events of King Robert’s Rebellion. The story of Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and Ned Stark (Sean Bean) overthrowing the Targaryen dynasty has only been told through exposition on the series, but was perhaps the biggest historical turning point for the fictional world of Westeros. The story has love, loss, battles, revenge and betrayal - making it the absolute perfect fodder for a TV or big-screen movie. Martin pointed out that if the producers do dive into the past, it could resurrect some fan-favorite characters who have already met their grisly end on “Game of Thrones.”
With the hit HBO fantasy drama about to enter Season 6, fans can likely expect it to extend through to Season 8 before the show draws to a close. After that, viewers could be confronted with either a prequel movie, or as many fear, a feature-length motion picture finale to the series’ story. However, fans don’t have to worry just yet as HBO programming president Michael Lombardo previously told Entertainment Weekly that he wants to avoid upsetting the network’s loyal subscribers by switching formats for a finale.
“Certainly there have been conversations where it’s been said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do that?’” he said. “But when you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we’re going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie would be] changing the rules: Now you have to pay $16 to see how your show ends.” Still, Lombardo’s comments wouldn’t have any bearing if the producers of “Game of Thrones” decided to explore a prequel storyline for a feature-length movie.
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