A Game of Thrones movie has been in the cards for a while. Though last we heard, HBO doesn't want to move in that direction, instead concentrating on a possible prequel. DailyStar out of the UK claims to have recently spoken with creator and author of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' book series, upon which Game of Thrones is based. And George R.R. Martin seemingly confirmed that a movie will happen. Though, it will be missing one very important thing. Namely, him. But is that report at all accurate? According to the author, not at all. On his official blog, he calls the DailyStar account completely false.
Game of Thrones is without a doubt the most popular original TV series to ever air on HBO. And it solidified its place in the history of cable television a couple of weeks ago when it won the Emmy for Best Original Drama Series. But it's not a show with a long shelf life. Right now, Game of Thrones Season 5 is at the exact point of the published books. Readers and viewers no longer know what to expect from upcoming episodes, with Game of Thrones Season 6 set to debut in the spring. And there has been a lot of talk about how this epic drama will bring itself to a conclusion. There has been talk of a possible 8th season. And per HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss aren't planning to carry it all into Season 9.
It has long been thought that the Game of Thrones finale may happen on the big screen. HBO doesn't think that would be fair to the paying cable subscriber, as they've promised the series as a premium to them. But HBO may be changing it's tune. George R.R. Martin was quoted by DailyStar as saying it was definitely going to happen.
"There will be a movie but I will not be involved. I have too much to do. That is something HBO and DB and David are dealing with. I have two more books to finish and I still have so much to do."
Shortly after this news broke, though, George R.R. Martin went to his official blog to say it was all false. And respected fan site westeros.org claims the quotes are erroneous, too. Here's the statement from the real George R.R. Martin.
"Yes, 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."
An HBO rep has also confirmed to Buzzfeed that these reports are 'completely false'. HBO has found a lot of success with bringing it's TV series to the big screen, so a Game of Thrones movie doesn't sound out of the realm of possibilities. So far, there have been two Sex and the City movies, and Entourage opened this past summer. While those releases didn't necessarily set the box office on fire, Game of Thrones could be a big screen hit. Especially considering its scale. Game of Thrones is the type of thing that belongs on an IMAX screen, as HBO proved when it brought a couple of episodes to the format last year with rousing success.
The original DailyStar went onto claim that not only would a Game of Thrones movie get a way bigger canvas to work on, it would also provide the opportunity to resurrect some long dormant, fan-favorite characters. The movie was said to utilize the flashback to great affect. Here is another erroneous quote contributed to either George R.R. Martin or a source close to the show.
"They are looking at dipping back in time during certain periods of the series, which could be examined as a one off plot. That means that some of the big characters who fans have seen die on screen could be resurrected."
Right now, with Game of Thrones Season 6 in the midst of production and Season 7 definitely on the way, it may be too early to talk about a movie, anyway. George R.R. Martin still has two more books to publish in his 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. Some expect the 6th book will arrive in 2016, but perhaps not before Game of Thrones Season 6 airs in its entirety, putting the TV show ahead of the written word. And despite George R.R. Martin rumors about a movie moving forward, that has never been confirmed by HBO, who have always seemed against it. As we said, last we heard, the network doesn't want it to happen.