George R.R. Martin Says a GAME OF THRONES Movie Is Being Discussed; Outlines Plan for the Show Not to Catch Up to His Books

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Game of Thrones is a juggernaut of a TV series.  Not only is it incredibly popular on HBO, but home video sales are a massive money-maker for the network and the fandom surrounding the series has reached massive proportions.  The series is, of course, based on author George R.R. Martin’s sprawling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, and while the production value of the HBO adaptation is impressive, fans have often wondered what Game of Thrones would look like on the big screen.

According to Martin, the prospect of a Game of Thrones movie is actually in active discussion, though it appears to be very, very early in the process so nothing’s quite firmed up.  Read his full comments after the jump, which include his plan for how the TV show (hopefully) won’t catch up to his book series.

GAME OF THRONES Showrunners Say Show Will End after Seven or Eight Seasons

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There’s still no word on when A Song of Fire and Ice author George R.R. Martin will release the final two novels in the series, but the HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones, has decided to set their plans regardless.  In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say they would like to wrap the TV series up after seven or eight seasons.  “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” Weiss says. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”

Hit the jump for more on how Benioff, Weiss, and Martin are planning ahead.  Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6th at 9pm.

Comic Con: SKIN TRADE Panel Recap; George R. R. Martin Discusses Writing Genre Fiction and Teases SKIN TRADE Movie Potential

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George R. R.  Martin, best known for his work on the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Games of Thrones), has gained widespread attention since his works were adapted for HBO.  In such limelight, the author has revealed himself to be just as colorful and interesting as the characters he writes.  His trademark untamed beard and deep laugh as distinguished as Daenerys’s dragons and Tyrion’s nose (or lack thereof).

Less widely known, Martin has also dabbled in short fiction and now comic books.  His novella Skin Trade, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella in 1989, was first published in the short story compilation Dark Visions alongside the work of Stephen King and Dan Simmons.  The novella, a great take on the werewolf mythos, has recently been adapted into comic book form.  At The Con, Martin was on hand to discuss the Skin Trade adaptation, his affinity for the horror & sci-fi genres and potential film adaptations.  For a full recap of the panel, hit the jump.

GAME OF THRONES Creator George R. R. Martin Unveils Picture of the “Real” Iron Throne

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Differences between the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series are one of the most divisive issues in the fandom, but now the book series’ author George R. R. Martin is throwing his two cents in about HBO’s Iron Throne versus the one he imagined.

No adaptation is perfect, and while fans have vehemently debated the changes to character arcs and some of the casting choices, the setting of the show and the art direction have rarely come into question.  Still, Martin obviously has had a bone to pick about the HBO-designed Iron Throne for awhile.  Hit the jump for his reasons, as well as the thumbnail picture he posted.

Hollywood! Adapt This: WILD CARDS

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In adaptation-related news this week, we learned that director Takashi Shimizu will be at the helm for a live-action feature of Kiki’s Delivery Service and that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot was bidding on the TV rights to Stephen King’s time-traveling alt-history tome, 11/22/63.  Today’s installment of Hollywood! Adapt This features another revisionist history  that isn’t contained in just one volume, but rather spread out over twenty-some issues.  This sci-fi superhero anthology series dates back to 1987 and continues still today with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin acting as contributor and editor.  What’s it all about?  Hit the jump to find out.  Hollywood! Adapt this: Wild Cards

Producers David Benioff, Dan Weiss & George R.R. Martin Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 3 and 4, Martin’s Cameo, the End of the Series, and More

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With Game of Thrones returning for Season 3 on March 31st, the Academy of Television hosted an evening to celebrate the cast and creative team, and the huge success of the popular HBO drama series, while giving a glimpse into what fans can expect as the story continues.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the behind-the-scenes talent had to say during the Q&A.

During the discussion, executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, along with author George R.R. Martin, talked about how this book series came to be a TV show at HBO, having to re-shoot 90% of the pilot, making sure that Martin gets his cameo this season, the biggest difficulties in shooting with different first units on different episodes in different countries on a daily basis, who the funniest actors on set are, whether the dire wolves are real or CG, the most technically difficult episode to shoot, whether getting to know the actors makes them feel guilty about killing characters off, the process for changing what is in the books, how there will be a few different people sitting on the Iron Throne before the series is done, and why Season 3 is the one they were most excited about doing.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

23 New Images from GAME OF THRONES Season 3

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It’s still nearly two months away from the debut of season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but these new character images should help pass the time.  Featuring new looks at old characters and first looks at new cast additions, these images showcase the outstanding costume design that’s been a hallmark of the series.  Fan-favorite Peter Dinklage returns with a whole new look while we get our first introductions to such new players as Clive Russell (Sherlock Holmes) as Catelyn Stark’s dutiful uncle, Bryndon Tully (“The Blackfish”) and Paul Kaye (Match Point) as Thoros of Myr, a red priest of the same order as Stannis’ go-to sorceress Melisandre, plus a lot more.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Game of Thrones returns to HBO starting March 31st.

New GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Featurette Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Highlights Old and New Characters from George R.R. Martin’s Novels

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Although HBO’s third season of Game of Thrones won’t kick-off until March 31st, their regular video blogs have given fans some insight into the daily workings of the production. A new behind-the-scenes featurette is no different as it shows off a good deal of footage of both fan-favorite characters we’ve come to know and love so far, plus new additions to the cast.  The cast and crew also provide commentary on the production of the season and what they’re excited for viewers to see.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before we finally get a real trailer.  Hit the jump to watch the new featurette for season three of Game of Thrones

New GAME OF THRONES Production Vlog Reveals Behind the Scenes Footage of Key Plot Points

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If the latest teaser for season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones left you hungry for a little more substance, the latest behind-the-scenes production vlog aims to satisfy.  With plenty of looks at our favorite characters in costume and footage of major plot points from the George R.R. Martin books, the video features executive story writer and editor Bryan Cogman, who explains the process of keeping the various plot lines, settings and characters straight.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Game of Thrones returns to HBO starting March 31st.

GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Episodes Get Increased Run Time, Finale Will Exceed One Hour; Plus a New Production Blog with Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones will still get a ten-episode run of season three, but each of those episodes will pack in a few extra minutes of blood, sex and treachery. As a special bonus, the season three finale will exceed one hour, something that must be done by special permission from the network. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are in the process of adapting roughly the first half of author George R.R. Martin’s third novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, “A Storm of Swords.” Hit the jump for more on season three’s episode expansion from Benioff and Weiss, plus a new production blog focusing on art direction.  Game of Thrones returns on March 31, 2013.

HBO Releases First GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Teaser Trailer

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HBO has just released a graphic tease for its third season of Game of Thrones, which will be returning slightly earlier than prior seasons: March 31st, 2013 (It is known).  Based on roughly the first half of George R. R. Martin‘s third A Song of Ice and Fire series novel A Storm of Swords, the only hint of new material for the upcoming season is a cryptic riddle said by a strange woman.  Hit the jump for some possible ideas as to whom, and what it all could mean (Warning: potential book spoilers!)

GAME OF THRONES Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows Concept Art from New Collectible Book

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While we anxiously await the return of the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly involved production process that’s necessary for bringing the George R.R. Martin bestselling series adaptation to life.  HBO has a new companion book available that features concept art and final production photos from the series so far.  To publicize this book, they’ve put together a concise video for it.  Be sure to get caught up on the new locations and cast members for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, then hit the jump to check out the behind-the-scenes video.

Comic-Con: GAME OF THRONES Panel Recap

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At last year’s Comic-Con, we couldn’t fathom why the programmers would stuff Game of Thrones into Ballroom 20, especially when there were so many sparsely-attended panels in Hall H.  This year, even though Hall H has plenty of good stuff, Game of Thrones is in the line-up and rightly so.  It’s easily one of the most popular geek properties currently on TV, and the show only got better in its second season.  While filming on Season 3 hasn’t begun, Season 2 is still fresh in the minds of fans, and Hall H was packed to see author George R.R. Martin and some of the cast to talk about the popular HBO series.

Hit the jump for the recap of the Game of Thrones panel, and click here for all of our Comic-Con coverage.

GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Production Update: Directors, Writers and Locations

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Here are some Game of Thrones updates that don’t include George W. Bush’s head – HBO has released a list of the writers, directors and shooting locations for the show’s third season.

Sadly, Alan Taylor will be out of the mix for directing the upcoming season (which will be based on the first half of the third and potentially best book so far of the novel series, A Storm of Swords). Taylor, who directed some of the most memorable episodes of Thrones so far (including the final two episodes of the first season and a slew of great episodes this past season) will be busy shooting Thor 2 (bless him), which means that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will take the helm directing in his absence. For more on who is returning to Westeros next year, hit the jump.

Richard Madden and Kit Harington Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 2, the Sex Scenes, CGI, George R.R. Martin, and More

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Game of Thrones is more than half-way through its excellent second season, and the show has seen more than its fair share of ugly characters.  However, the Stark family provides the relief of watching honorable people, and Richard Madden and Kit Harington play two of the show’s most admirable characters.  Madden plays Robb Stark who is leading a war to rescue his sisters from King’s Landing, and gain independence for the North.  Harington plays Ned Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow and we’ve seen the character try to retain his father’s steadfast morality in the face of the Night Watch’s cold-hearted pragmatism.  Our partners at Omelete got to sit down with the two actors and talk with them about a variety of topics including the series’ popularity, the controversial amount of sex scenes, the show’s production values, the influence of author George R.R. Martin, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.

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