Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin recently spoke with THR and explained how a movie adaptation of the epic story could be in the pipeline, and confirmed that there have been “active discussions” to do it.
“It all depends on how long the main series runs,” he explained. “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 revealed that he already has some source material in mind, “Tales Of Dunk And Egg,” also known as the trio of novellas, “The Hedge Knight,” “The Sworn Sword” and “The Mystery Knight.” and it would actually serve as more of a prequel. “They could be the basis for (a film),” he said. “I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more.”
Here are the Amazon description for both The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword:
“The Hedge Knight”: A century before the events of New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin’s epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire, a squire named Dunk picks up the sword and shield of his dead master and enters a tournament to begin his career as a knight. But “Ser Duncan” has much to learn about this world of knights and nobles, and as he attempts to find a sponsor who will allow him to enter the tournament, he makes friends and enemies readily. Dunk is a capable fighter and has a strong sense of honor, but is that enough for him to become a true knight in the eyes of the others, or is he just a young man living a delusion and putting those he knows in grave danger?
“The Sworn Sword”: After the deaths, surprises, and heroics in The Hedge Knight, Dunk and Egg continue their journey in search of the fair puppeteer Tanselle. Along the way, the elderly knight Ser Eustace takes both men under his charge, alongside another knight—and this one promises trouble. Peace is ever elusive for Dunk and Egg, as they are soon embroiled in the schemes of local nobility, while a darker, greater thread threatens to unravel long-held truths of the Battle of Redgrass Field.
While speculation continues to grow on what would be a truly epic movie, there is also the question of just how the series will end, and exactly how it will happen.
Rumours have been saying that Game of Thrones will end with either Season Seven or Eight, but the worrying thing is that the TV series is catching up Martin’s writing! Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have recently said that the aim is to finish on Season Seven or Eight, and based on their current scheduling, that would have Game of Thrones finish in either 2017 or 2018.
Martin still has two books to publish in the Game of Thrones series, and considering that he does take his time (and to be fair, there is a LOT to write about), it could mean that the TV series ends up waiting for him to finish.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Martin made it clear he wants to stay ahead of the series:
“I’m hopeful that I cannot let them catch up with me. The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. A Dance With Dragons is itself a book that’s as big as A Storm of Swords. So there’s potentially three more seasons there, between Feast and Dance, if they split into two the way they did [with Storms].
Now, Feast and Dance take place simultaneously. So you can’t do Feast and then Dance the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published The Winds of Winter, which’ll give me another couple years. It might be tight on the last book, A Dream of Spring, as they juggernaut forward.”
The show stars Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Pedro Pascal, Michiel Huisman, and Indira Varma. Game of Thrones returns on HBO April 6th at 9pm.
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