A Game of Thrones movie has long been bandied about as a possibility — author George RR Martin has said the finale of his series is going to be so massive it might require a blockbuster film budget to pull off. And hey, everyone loves money, so why not take one of the most popular TV shows of all time and put the ending in theaters where it can rake in a billion plus dollars? Or tell another tale set in Westeros after the series ends? If there’s any Westeros left in the end, that is.
According to sketchy tabloid site the Daily Star, a movie version of Game of Thrones may indeed be in the planning phases. By their account, the news comes straight from the bearded lips of George RR Martin, who allegedly told them…
“There will be a movie, but I will not be involved. I have too much to do. That is something HBO and the DB and David are dealing with. I have two more books to finish and I still have so much to do. The pressure is on. I am such a slow writer and the fans get upset that I don’t write faster.”
An anonymous Daily Star source adds that the movie won’t be a finale and could involve other periods of Westeros history. Those who have read the books know that GRRM’s fantasy realm has a pretty detailed history and many stories that could easily be turned into a great movie. One popular possibility is Robert’s Rebellion, where Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark team up to overthrow the Targaryens and take the Iron Throne.
But let’s take a second to note the rising tide of fake and disingenuous Game of Thrones news. Several times over the past month, we’ve had actors from the show saying they were misquoted or taken out of context at best, or had their “quotes” completely fabricated. Could this be what happened here? Did GRRM actually say “There WILL be a movie, but I won’t be involved!” or “If there is, I won’t be involved, that’s up to HBO and D&D.” Which isn’t news at all, hence the need to sexy up the quote a bit.
Consider this as well: If Martin had actually confirmed a Game of Thrones movie, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, and dozens of other actually journalistic websites would have jumped all over this story. Instead, it’s largely relegated to less truthy areas of the internet and every story sources back to the Daily Star (which is currently also running a story about Elvis living on Mars).
With all that in mind, we’re putting this story about a Game of Thrones movie firmly in the “Not True” pile. Or, to take the sting away a little, “Not true yet.”