‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin Says That Movies Are a Possibility

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 21st, 2014 at 10:17 am,

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George R.R. Martin is a notoriously slow writer. When it was first announced that his epic A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels would be transformed into the HBO series Game of Thrones, it was perhaps naively assumed that there would be plenty of time for him to finish up the final two manuscripts in his planned seven book series. But even Martin has admitted that the show is catching up to him at a frightening speed, as the years between his books have been getting longer and longer.

Time hasn’t run out yet, but with the show moving at an alarming pace, producers need ideas for any number of scenarios. One of those contingency plans may in fact include feature films; apparently, the possibility of multiple Game of Thrones movies is being actively discussed.

At the season four premiere in New York, Martin told THR that there was a distinct possibility that Game of Thrones could conclude with one or more feature films.

“It all depends on how long the main series runs. Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big you know.”

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THR also pointed out that Warner Bros. would be the most probable studio to embark upon the task, considering their experience with HBO content, having released both of the Sex and the City movies and the upcoming Entourage feature. Martin also discussed the possibility of a prequel film that would cover some of his smaller novellas, which take place 90 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire and feature ancestors of the now beloved characters.

Co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss  have already said that they hope to wrap the series up in season 7 or 8, but let’s do some math here. Season 4 will cover the second half of book three, and even dip a bit into some elements from books four and five. Books four and five in the series, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, have story arcs that occur concurrently in the series’ universe. A Dance with Dragons is roughly of a similar length to book three, A Storm of Swords.

That means that even if this upcoming season delves into story lines from books 4 and 5, those two novels alone could merit at least two, possibly three more seasons. That takes us up through season 6 or 7, but still leaves the upcoming The Winds of Winter and the final A Dream of Spring. That’s two whole – most likely large – novels to fit into a final one or two seasons. Benioff and Weiss have said that they don’t want to overstay their welcome, but with this potential timeline they’re  looking at closer to nine or ten seasons, putting the once 11-year-old Maisie Williams at 21 years old when the show finally concludes. Aging child actors is something that HBO definitely wants to avoid.

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That’s where the possibility of a final film comes in, though it’s doubtful that a feature-length movie could cover the entirety of one of Martin’s extensive novels. Fans of the show don’t want an extended hiatus, and fans of the novels naturally want to read the story’s conclusion before they watch it on TV or at the theater; yet the likelihood that he’ll finish the books before the show is looking mighty grim. Thankfully, Martin has given Benioff and Weiss an idea of the direction in which the novels are headed, and how he’d like the story to end, in case they have to take matters into their own hands.

Honestly, a feature film with a gigantic budget might be the perfect way to end the grand fantasy. The show has always been able to pull off better than average CGI, but with those dragons growing ever larger, an effects house like ILM or Peter Jackson’s WETA team – who created the titular dragon for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - could really give the series the finale it deserves.

Then again, that’s assuming Martin stays on track, which suffice it to say, hasn’t happened once in his writing career. He’s not even positive that book 7 will be the last in the series. Looks like he might be buying Maisie Williams a drink before he finishes.


Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres April 6 on HBO.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. With all this worry about the books and seasons catching up.. If I’m a creator, I’d be proud of this. THIS is how big GoT has become. It’s become a phenomenon. And I hope it runs for as many seasons as possible. Can’t get enough!

  2. the best thing for them to do is ether go their own way, or do a prequel season so Georgy boy has more time…

    • A Dunk and Egg adventure series would be great!

  3. Well i think it`s definetely possible that we will get book 6 before the series catches up,because there`s just SO MUCH story. We still have 2 of them (which arguably can`t be covered in just one season each)to be adapted. A Dream of Spring is the real problem…

    • i think we’ll get book 6 in a year, two the most. By that time they will be at season 6,
      if they split book 6 in two seasons we have an extra year but he still needs two or three more to finish the book. That’s why they should have a prequel season…

  4. GOT films would be epic. A trilogy would kill!

  5. Here’s a likely plan, albeit with a few issues.

    2014 S4 (second half of “storm of swords” + bits of the next two books)
    2015 s5 (first half of both “feast for crows” and “a dance with dragons”)
    2016 s6 (second half of “feast” and “dragons”) also this year will likely be Martin’s release of the novel book 6 “The winds of Winter”
    2017 s7 (first half of “winds of winter”)
    2018 s8 (second half of “Winds”)
    2019 s9 (a mini-season perhaps with the westeros/essos backstory or prequel.
    2010 release of the final book “A dream of Spring” followed by feature film or final season 10 “a dream of spring”

    the only problem I see is getting book 7 “a dream of spring” published and released before the final season or film.

    • I meant 2020

      • I think books 4 & 5 will take more than 1 season each, which could changes your plan to:

        2014 S4 (second half of “storm of swords” + bits of the next two books)
        2015 s5 (first third of both “feast for crows” and “a dance with dragons”)
        2016 s6 (second third of “feast” and “dragons”) also this year will likely be Martin’s release of the novel book 6 “The winds of Winter”
        2017 S7 (third third of both “feast for crows” and “a dance with dragons”)
        2018 s8 (first half of “winds of winter”)
        2019 s9 (second half of “Winds”)
        2020 S-Prequel (a mini-season perhaps with the westeros/essos backstory or prequel) and release of the final book “A dream of Spring”
        Hopefully 2011-2013 Movie Trilogy for Final book

        • Three seasons for A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons?! I’m sorry but that would be stretching things out to a ridiculous capacity. I know both books are very dense but I actually think the writers would have a tough time adapting these books into two seasons, let alone three!


          Season 4 is going to cover the latter half of Book 3. This makes sense. A large amount happens in Book 3, particularly in the latter half of the novel so Season 4 should be moving at a breakneck speed to cover all the crazy stuff that happens at the end of A Storm of Swords. It’s widely believed by myself and many fans that Books 4 and 5 wind down considerably after this and are much slower paced than the previous novels. There’s a great deal of internal monologuing in AFFC/ADWD which isn’t going to translate well to screen. I know there are many characters to cover but in terms of actual major events, AFFC and ADWD are relatively low on plot and more interested in exploring the characters psychologically.

          There’s no way George R.R. Martin is going to get Winds of Winter done anytime soon so it’s likely HBO will stretch AFFC/ADWD out over two seasons or else Benioff and Weiss are going to start adding plot points they know about the two unpublished novels into the series earlier. When you think about it, a great deal of Bran, Theon and Dany’s stories from the book have been told already and there’s no way you can give them three more years of story from ASOS/AFFC/ADWD unless you give them like 30 seconds of screen time an episode or keep adding filler scenes (Bran’s mythical dreams chasing the crow, Theon being endlessly tortured for a whole season).

          I can easily see Book 6 and 7 being here in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Due to Martin’s panic, they’ll probably stretch Books 4 and 5 into 2015 and 2016 seasons and the show ending in 2018. But HBO/Benioff and Weiss have initially said they want seven seasons so it wouldn’t be out of the question that AFFC/ADWD would not be combined into one concise season. Either way, Martin’s in serious danger of the show overpassing him and his books and I think he’s only starting to consider this now as the series continues annually.

          • There is no chance in hell that he’ll release the two books in back to back years…regardless of the fact he’s writing both at the same time. We’ll be lucky to see A Dream of Spring by 2020.

            • Good point. It’ll be like that note at the end of book 4: “Don’t worry, the next part is basically written already and will be out next year. And by ‘next year’ I mean six years.”

  6. “He’s not even positive that book 7 will be the last in the series.”

    This is just getting retarded. The guy becomes to greedy.

    • Nailed it.

    • It is not greed, it is just not wanting to put out subpar material just to be finished with it. Books to writers are like their children, they want them to be perfect. If you think this is bad, you should read the War Against the Chtorr series by David Gerrold. This is a fantastic piece of science fiction, but he has a planned 7 book series as well and the first book came out in 1983, the 4th book was released in 1993, and we are still waiting on the 5th book. That is more than 20 years waiting on a book. I still check on it once in a while and reread the first 4 in anticipation every couple years. They are that good!

      • Books 4 and 5 were a pitiful return on the investment of time allegedly spent writing them. Series has gone sharply downhill since book 3.

    • The story has gotten too complex with too many subplots and now he’s having trouble bringing everything together and the series is running longer than originally intended and the pacing is suffering. It’s pretty common with these epic fantasy series. I don’t think it’s just a cash grab.

  7. Martin is going to die before he finishes writing the series just like Robert Jordan & the Wheel of Time novels. There’s no excuse for not wrapping things up. If the delays helped him put out brilliant work, that’d be one thing. Unfortunately, books 4 & 5 fell far short of matching books 1-3. Not at all worth the wait. HBO will have to get creative, b/c an entire season of book 4 as written would be unwatchable.

    • I read somewhere that GRRM told the producers of the show how he planned on ending the series, so at least they have some idea of how to proceed. In any case, there are many differences between events in the books and on the show, so if there are differences in the future books and the show, it’s not that big of a deal.

      I think it’ll go like this:
      Season 5: AFFC and ADWD (I haven’t gotten to them yet, but from what I understand is there’s a LOT of filler in these two)
      Seasons 6, 7, and maybe 8: Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring

      7 seasons actually sounds about right (and not one of those annoying split seasons, just 7 straight seasons).

      • Imagine how sick you’ll be when he actually does die before completing the novels.

        I won’t spoil anything for you, but “a lot of filler” is putting it mildly. Honestly, there’s not even too much I could spoil for you from books 4 & 5 if I tried. The show intentionally padded season 3 to leave some of book 3 undone b/c they knew they couldn’t make a one-on-one book to season adaptation of #4. At this point I’m planning on only watching the show. Won’t be wasting any more money on the books until the series is actually finished, if that day ever comes.

        Other folks here seem giddy, but I find it insulting that Martin is talking about prequels & feature films for content that doesn’t exist yet and shows no sign of existing any time soon. How about we get the ending to the current story before we go exploring even more tangents in Westeros?

      • Sorry, ignore that first sentence, which was meant for a different reply. COMMENTING FAIL on my part.

  8. It seems if they turn the final book into a film, many movie-goers will be in the dark if they haven’t read the books or watched the tv show. They’d need to wrap up the back story in the first 15 minutes of the movie, taking time away from the actual “dream of Spring” story.

    It might be possible. When Sam Raimi did “evil dead 2:dead by dawn” it was a soft reboot, as he re-told the first evil dead movie in the first ten minutes of the sequel, and it worked just fine.

    It’s alright for me, I’ve read the GoT books and watched the show, so the back story is known to me, but it won’t be so for many people in the theatre. They might be a bit confused if the back story isn’t retold, but then people like me would have to sit through scenes we’ve already seen. SNAFU

    I hope it works out and Martin finishes his books on time, but the whole thing feels like it may fall off the Wall. fingers crossed.

  9. “Martin also discussed the possibility of a prequel film that would cover some of his smaller novellas, which take place 90 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire and feature ancestors of the now beloved characters.”

    awesome!! i want more (crazy) Targaryens! and how can anyone not want Robert’s Rebellion!

  10. First, I’m sick of all those who keeps talking about Martin will die before he completes his novels.

    Second; from what I understand, it’s not about turning a whole novel into a movie, but the final part of the novel.

    • Imagine how sick you’ll be when he actually does die before completing the novels.

      This theoretical final part of a novel hasn’t even been written yet, so no one can even judge whether or not they’d be willing to pay money to watch it in a theater. The phrase “putting the horse before the cart” comes to mind.

  11. Still haven’t seen the show, but I definitely plan to. I could see films being made at some point, and Warner Bros. would be the only studio that could distribute it; HBO is a division of Time Warner.