‘Game Of Thrones’ scored at the Primetime Emmys a few weeks ago, winning the top honors for Outstanding Drama Series and Supporting Actor in a Drama for Peter Dinklage. After the festivities, British tabloid The Daily Star reported an exclusive quote attributed to George R.R. Martin, the writer who created the ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’ novel series upon which ‘Game of Thrones’ is based, which was supposedly attained at a post-Emmys bash, claiming that a film version of the hit series was in the works.
This was the supposed quote:
“There will be a movie but I will not be involved. I have too much to do. That is something HBO and [showrunners] DB [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.”
The last part, about Martin being a slow writer and upsetting fans, is certainly valid. Among other difficulties that have resulted are the fact that the show has caught up to and even passed the events in the existing books. The fact that the showrunners are mentioned by name also lends a feel of authenticity to the quote.
The Daily Star also reported that a source close to the development of this film had revealed that the plot would involve Jon Snow, Kit Harington‘s beloved character who was shockingly killed off on the TV show. A film resolution– or rather a reversal– of this event would certainly be music to most people’s ears, but if it sounds too good to be true… well, you know what they say.
Despite this story making the rounds online, it appears to be completely made up.
A rep for HBO stated:
“These reports are false. There are no plans for a Game of Thrones movie (at least not yet).”
The “(at least not yet)” aside is clearly a reference to the possibility of a movie down the line, most likely after the show has completed its run, a la a past HBO show, ‘Sex & The City’ which was revived as a successful feature film and a less-than-so sequel. Earlier this year, HBO attempted a similar revival with ‘Entourage’ but it was a resounding flop. Despite the wildly divergent subject matter, that failure should still give HBO pause regarding adapting its hit original programs to mass-market big budget films.
And if the HBO refutation weren’t enough, Martin himself denied ever giving the quote:
“Yes, [the report is] completely false. No one is working on any movie just now. And if there was a movie, it would not be about Robert’s Rebellion.”
Robert’s Rebellion was a massive war that took place many years before the events of the TV series and that has only been mentioned, leading many to speculate that should a film or even TV spinoff were to happen, that would be a prime choice for a subject.
But as for now, there is NO ‘Game of Thrones’ movie in the works.
Are you disappointed? Do you think the hit TV show could make the jump to the big screen and appeal to an audience wider than the TV viewers?
Source: Screen Rant