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George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones movies are being actively discussed

Mar. 19, 2014by: Alex Maidy

GAME OF THRONES has a finite lifecycle as a TV series, but we still don't know when it will end. The behind the scenes crew seems to think they will run for a handful of seasons which will adapt the novels published so far and may wrap up differently than the books of author George R.R. Martin doesn't complete writing them in time. With Martin's habit of leaving multiple years between novel publications, the odds are GAME OF THRONES will end as a series on television sooner than the books. But, that doesn't mean there isn't a big screen future for the acclaimed HBO series.

Speaking at the New York premiere of GAME OF THRONES upcoming season, Martin addressed the possibility directly.

"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."

Martin also mentions that aside from wrapping up the series on the big screen, there have been active discussions about possibly adapting one of his prequel tales known as "The Tales of Dunk and Egg". That could also provide a completely distinct franchise based on the fictional universe that could exist in feature form rather than TV.

HBO is no stranger to bringing their TV projects to film studios as both SEX AND THE CITY and ENTOURAGE have received movie adaptations. In both cases, Warner Bros released those movie as direct continuations of the concluded television series. This begs the question: would you rather see GAME OF THRONES conclude on the small screen and tell a separate story in cinemas or give us a big budget extravaganza to wrap up the tales of the Starks, Lannisters, and Targaryens?

GAME OF THRONES fourth season premieres April 6th on HBO.

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1:27PM on 03/21/2014
I hate this trend where every damn show decides that it needs to or POSSIBLY could finish with a movie, because inevitably that movie NEVER gets made. I can think of two instances where this occurred, one is Veronica Mars which is likely the exception rather than the rule when it comes to finishing things off cinematically, and Arrested Development which toiled around for like eight years as a movie only to come back for a new season. Stop with this nonsense, please, for my sanity... because
I hate this trend where every damn show decides that it needs to or POSSIBLY could finish with a movie, because inevitably that movie NEVER gets made. I can think of two instances where this occurred, one is Veronica Mars which is likely the exception rather than the rule when it comes to finishing things off cinematically, and Arrested Development which toiled around for like eight years as a movie only to come back for a new season. Stop with this nonsense, please, for my sanity... because eventually a series is gonna bank on having a movie to finish things off and it will never be made, leaving us with a frustratingly incomplete story. When they were threatening this with BrBa I wanted to throw my computer out of the window.
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3:23PM on 03/20/2014
I've read all the books (that are done), and I'm completely down for this. Turn the last book into a trilogy of movies for the big screen.
God, I hope George RR Martin lives long enough to finish the last book. Atleast they have his notes.........
I've read all the books (that are done), and I'm completely down for this. Turn the last book into a trilogy of movies for the big screen.
God, I hope George RR Martin lives long enough to finish the last book. Atleast they have his notes.........
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12:34AM on 03/20/2014

Now don't get me wrong...I love both "Game of Thrones" & "The Dark Tower" in all their respective mediums..

That being said...Every fan of Martin's sword & sorcery masterpiece should feel pretty DAMN LUCKY they're already 4 seasons into watching the small screen-treatment. What w/ news of possible big screen, no doubt kick-ass HBO gazillion funded films to come...what's there to complain about. (Well, purists forgive me on that last remark)

Universal, Warner Bros. & Imagine entertainment have been trying to get Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series up & running for the longest time. (longer than
That being said...Every fan of Martin's sword & sorcery masterpiece should feel pretty DAMN LUCKY they're already 4 seasons into watching the small screen-treatment. What w/ news of possible big screen, no doubt kick-ass HBO gazillion funded films to come...what's there to complain about. (Well, purists forgive me on that last remark)

Universal, Warner Bros. & Imagine entertainment have been trying to get Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series up & running for the longest time. (longer than Watchmen & Ghostbusters 3 sometimes it feels) And this idea of splitting the narrative between A television series & films was bandied about w/ this very franchise & STILL it was never greenlit. [shakes fist] DAMN YOU STUDIO EXEC'S!!!

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11:04PM on 03/19/2014
From the pics of Martin at the red carpet season 4 premier, I'm skeptical his health will hold out to even finish the books. It's been what 4 yrs now since the last book and I doubt he's even remotely close to finishing the sixth. Probably be another 8 yrs at least before he could reasonably finish off the final book. I love his books but his seeming total abandon of them is an insult to us who been reading the books long before Hbo got their claws into him.
From the pics of Martin at the red carpet season 4 premier, I'm skeptical his health will hold out to even finish the books. It's been what 4 yrs now since the last book and I doubt he's even remotely close to finishing the sixth. Probably be another 8 yrs at least before he could reasonably finish off the final book. I love his books but his seeming total abandon of them is an insult to us who been reading the books long before Hbo got their claws into him.
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9:33PM on 03/21/2014
Meh. I predict the next book will be published late next year or in 2016. If I'm wrong, you can come back to this comment and laugh at me.

Seriously though, it's really rude to claim he's "insulting" you because he's taking longer than YOU expect him to. I seem to recall at the time DwD was released, that a prominent fantasy author did a calculation based on the number of pages in DwD, and concluded that Martin actually wrote it in the same amount of time a typical fantasy writer would
Meh. I predict the next book will be published late next year or in 2016. If I'm wrong, you can come back to this comment and laugh at me.

Seriously though, it's really rude to claim he's "insulting" you because he's taking longer than YOU expect him to. I seem to recall at the time DwD was released, that a prominent fantasy author did a calculation based on the number of pages in DwD, and concluded that Martin actually wrote it in the same amount of time a typical fantasy writer would have, given that most release much shorter novels in three+ year increments. Remember, DwD was a THOUSAND PAGES!

I mean, sure, if you compare him to Brandon Sanderson's pace he's slow, but NOBODY writes faster than that guy. Stephen King is slow compared to him!
6:50PM on 03/19/2014

Not too sure about GOT movies

But I'll be first in line if they make Dunk & Egg movies!
But I'll be first in line if they make Dunk & Egg movies!
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12:01PM on 03/20/2014
I'd love to see those get highlighted in some way. Live-action hell yeah, but I'd even be happy with a quality animated version.
I'd love to see those get highlighted in some way. Live-action hell yeah, but I'd even be happy with a quality animated version.
6:13PM on 03/19/2014

Well....

I'm a huge GOT fan, but in all honesty I never read any of the books. So I'm more of a fan of the show, though I mean to and will read the books. But all I can say is HURRY UP AND GET HERE APRIL 6!!!! I will worry about the rest in the next couple years, and ether way I will be standing in the long line that will form for the film at the theaters if it ever gets done.
I'm a huge GOT fan, but in all honesty I never read any of the books. So I'm more of a fan of the show, though I mean to and will read the books. But all I can say is HURRY UP AND GET HERE APRIL 6!!!! I will worry about the rest in the next couple years, and ether way I will be standing in the long line that will form for the film at the theaters if it ever gets done.
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7:30PM on 03/19/2014
Once you read the book, you'll realize just how much you were missing
the HBO series like getting a piece of lettuce when there is a 3 star michelin meal available
Once you read the book, you'll realize just how much you were missing
the HBO series like getting a piece of lettuce when there is a 3 star michelin meal available
7:50PM on 03/19/2014
LOL I will read them I've heard that a TON of stuff that have been brushed under the rug and I am very curious to see what I have been missing.
LOL I will read them I've heard that a TON of stuff that have been brushed under the rug and I am very curious to see what I have been missing.
5:12AM on 03/20/2014
Not really a massive fan then are you?
Not really a massive fan then are you?
5:32AM on 03/20/2014
Well I guess I could be a BIGGER fan but I must not be a massive fan. Still I am a big fan of the series, shit maybe I never do read the books? That don't take away from the fact that I'm a fan of what I see on HBO's GOT, right?
Well I guess I could be a BIGGER fan but I must not be a massive fan. Still I am a big fan of the series, shit maybe I never do read the books? That don't take away from the fact that I'm a fan of what I see on HBO's GOT, right?
6:09PM on 03/19/2014
I trust the natural creative process of these guys. If they all get together and think they can finish it well and give it a more epic scope in movies then I trust them. They have not given me any reason not to.
I trust the natural creative process of these guys. If they all get together and think they can finish it well and give it a more epic scope in movies then I trust them. They have not given me any reason not to.
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5:29PM on 03/19/2014

Dumbass people below me

Have any of you fuckin people created something as large as Game Of Thrones? No? Then shut the fuck up. Acting like it's easy to just create and finish stories likes it nothing. Retards
Have any of you fuckin people created something as large as Game Of Thrones? No? Then shut the fuck up. Acting like it's easy to just create and finish stories likes it nothing. Retards
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6:06PM on 03/19/2014
Absolutely!! It's not easy to write a good story and we should be thanking him for what he's done so far.
Absolutely!! It's not easy to write a good story and we should be thanking him for what he's done so far.
7:25AM on 03/20/2014
By all means, tell us how hard it was to write your sprawling epic, so we'll get an idea.
By all means, tell us how hard it was to write your sprawling epic, so we'll get an idea.
12:05PM on 03/20/2014
I think it's more that he keeps diverting time and energy away from his core series that has most people upset. It's not that I think he can whip it out in a month,or that I'm not 1 billioin times appreciative of what's he's done. But when he constantly flits from one project to another it's hard for me not to worry or get frustrated that GoT might never get written.
I think it's more that he keeps diverting time and energy away from his core series that has most people upset. It's not that I think he can whip it out in a month,or that I'm not 1 billioin times appreciative of what's he's done. But when he constantly flits from one project to another it's hard for me not to worry or get frustrated that GoT might never get written.
5:26PM on 03/19/2014

Relax, George

Before you start getting into the scope and scale of the final books, how about you finish writing them first?
Before you start getting into the scope and scale of the final books, how about you finish writing them first?
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5:08PM on 03/19/2014
Adapting S&C and Entourage for the big screen works because they're essentially high brow sit coms. The production of a 2 hour story for either show is not very costly, compared to a GoT movie. I doubt HBO is chomping at the bit to finish up this series as a big screen movie. Frankly, it pisses me off that George RR Martin is looking for excuses to allow him to procrastinate even more. He's the laziest writer, get back to work and finish the damn books! If HBO finishes it up before him,
Adapting S&C and Entourage for the big screen works because they're essentially high brow sit coms. The production of a 2 hour story for either show is not very costly, compared to a GoT movie. I doubt HBO is chomping at the bit to finish up this series as a big screen movie. Frankly, it pisses me off that George RR Martin is looking for excuses to allow him to procrastinate even more. He's the laziest writer, get back to work and finish the damn books! If HBO finishes it up before him, I'm taking their ending as the definitive conclusion and not buying any more of his books.
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6:57PM on 03/19/2014
All power to you I guess. But I'm the other way round bout this. If the tv show catches up on the books I'll stop watching until the books are done. Because as much as I love the show(and I fucking love it!!) as per usual the books are a lot better. Also have you ever written anything? Not meant as a slight, but I am a writer myself and I can tell you it can be really hard to write complicated long stories like a Song of Ice and Fire. Especially when you 're a writer like Martin where every
All power to you I guess. But I'm the other way round bout this. If the tv show catches up on the books I'll stop watching until the books are done. Because as much as I love the show(and I fucking love it!!) as per usual the books are a lot better. Also have you ever written anything? Not meant as a slight, but I am a writer myself and I can tell you it can be really hard to write complicated long stories like a Song of Ice and Fire. Especially when you 're a writer like Martin where every line(and ther ar a lot per novel!) counts and there's lots of stuff to be found when reading between the lines. Rereading those books you keep finding out new stuff you never noticed before. For example (a simple hardly spoilery one) the first time I read them I simply thought Jon Snow was Ned Starks Bastard son. Upon reading them a second time it became very clear to who his actual parents are, but it is never explicitly stated in the books. This is just one of many of these sorts of things. So in my opinion calling him a lazy writer is very unfair.
4:45PM on 03/19/2014

Keep it as a TV series

GoT is too complex for a 90-minute movie treatment, especially as all the plots start wrapping up. A movie will also need to recap the series for non-fans (good luck with that!) and studios will balk at the budget and the R rating.

George RR Martin needs to put his nose to the grindstone and finish the bloody series, or HBO will finish it for him.

GoT is too complex for a 90-minute movie treatment, especially as all the plots start wrapping up. A movie will also need to recap the series for non-fans (good luck with that!) and studios will balk at the budget and the R rating.

George RR Martin needs to put his nose to the grindstone and finish the bloody series, or HBO will finish it for him.

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4:26PM on 03/19/2014

Jesus Christ

Just shut up and finish the damn books already.
Just shut up and finish the damn books already.
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4:22PM on 03/19/2014

Hmmm

When i first read the article title i thought "Hell no, unless you want to depict stuff like the Dunk & Egg stories this will suck". BUT now that i've read his comment, the idea that the series could get an ending ala Firefly/Serenity, i hopped on board.
When i first read the article title i thought "Hell no, unless you want to depict stuff like the Dunk & Egg stories this will suck". BUT now that i've read his comment, the idea that the series could get an ending ala Firefly/Serenity, i hopped on board.
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4:04PM on 03/19/2014

Less talky and more writey...

I don't know about a movie, the books work better as a television show in longer format, so I'd rather the show just go as long as it needs to tell the story.
I don't know about a movie, the books work better as a television show in longer format, so I'd rather the show just go as long as it needs to tell the story.
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