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Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Game of Thrones creators explain why the final season is taking so long: "It’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“The final season’s taking a long time because it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done,” said co-creator David Benioff backstage at the Emmys. “It was nearly a full year in Belfast either prepping it or actually shooting it. I think when people see it they’re going to understand why it took so long. The last season is far beyond what we’ve ever attempted before.” ALSO: George R.R. Martin didn't want Game of Thrones to end, says it "could've gone 11, 12, 13 seasons."
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
George R.R. Martin says in a PBS interview how The Lord of the Rings influenced Game of Thrones
The author spoke to The Great American Read about how the death of a Lord of the Rings character inspired a murderous rampage in his books
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers releases its first official trailer
Source: The Verge
The first official trailer for Martin's "Psycho in space" drama is a reminder of the classic film series Alien. ALSO: Nightflyers star Jodie Turner-Smith says "it's exciting to be a brown girl in this space."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Game of Thrones prequel pilot to film in Belfast later this year
Source: The Independent
Jane Goldman's potential series, tentatively known as The Long Night, will film at the Paint Hall studios where Game of Thrones filmed and where the Titanic was built.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:24PM EDT
Game of Thrones and Westworld are skipping Comic-Con in a blow to the annual event
Source: Entertainment Weekly
HBO said in a statement that “due to production schedules and air dates for Game of Thrones and Westworld, these series will not be presented at San Diego Comic-Con this summer." According to Deadline, HBO will have no presence at this year's Comic-Con. Game of Thrones' absence is the latest high-profile defection after Starz's Outlander decided to go to New York Comic-Con instead of San Diego Comic-Con. This will be the first time Game of Thrones' has been absent from Comic-Con since the show premiered in 2011. According to EW's James Hibberd, "there are a few issues at play. First, the show is not airing in 2018, taking a year off for the first time as it films its hugely ambitious final season. With season 8 not airing until 2019, it’s a bit early to begin promoting the new episodes. Granted many other movies and shows go to Comic-Con months ahead of their release to start building buzz, but the difference with GoT is the wildly popular fantasy hit simply doesn’t need any promotional help. Another factor is the show is still in production on its final season, so many of the actors are rather busy." In Westworld's case, he adds, the second season will be over by the time Comic-Con starts -- though that hasn't stopped the Game of Thrones cast from appearing in previous years following the conclusion of the season in the spring.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
George R.R. Martin says one of five Game of Thrones prequel ideas has been shelved, expects HBO to work "Game of Thrones" into prequel titles
Source: George RR Martin
Martin wrote on his blog that of the five prequels that HBO considered, "one of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film," referring to the Jane Goldman prequel that HBO picked up to pilot on Friday. Martin also wrote on his blog that he preferred to call the first prequel from Goldman The Long Night. But that title will probably be rejected, he explains, because, “HBO will want to work the phrase ‘Game of Thrones’ in there somewhere.” Martin says he's met with all the writers for the proposed prequel, and he was really impressed with Goldman. "Really, the accolades here should go to Jane. She has been an absolute thrill to work with… and my god, what a talent," he wrote. ALSO: Explaining "Age of Heroes."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 4:42PM EDT
HBO orders a Game of Thrones prequel pilot set thousands of years in Westeros' past
British screenwriter and producer Jane Goldman will helm the prequel series, which she co-created with George R.R. Martin based on her teleplay. It's one of the five Game of Thrones spinoff projects in the works, but the first to go into production. According to HBO's logline, “the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
John Mayer and Dolly Parton sang for Andy Cohen's 50th birthday Watch What Happens Live special
Parton called in, while Mayer sang Cohen's favorite Diana Ross song in celebration of the Watch What Happens Live host's 50th birthday. Mayer, one of Cohen's closest friends, was also the surprise guest-host for Cohen's tribute. ALSO: Cohen and Mayer revealed they recently smoked pot with George R.R. Martin.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Syfy teases George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers and Deadly Class
Supernatural space thriller Nightflyers is based on Martin's 1980 novella, while Deadly Class is a coming-of-age story from the graphic novel of the same name.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 5:39PM EDT
George R.R. Martin to release a Game of Thrones book this year, but not the ones fans are waiting for
Source: USA Today
Fire & Blood, due out in November, is the first of two volumes on the early history of the Game of Thrones universe, set 300 years before the events of the series. Meanwhile, in unsurprising news, Martin confirmed that The Winds of Winter won't be released in 2018.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Westworld vs. Game of Thrones: Which HBO show did their publicity stunt better?
This week's Westworld spoiler stunt fooled a lot of people, but the show's fans seem to have enjoyed being pranked. "Overall, it seems the 'Westroll' event will be looked back on with a lot more fondness than another HBO publicity stunt," says Liz Shannon Miller. "It was just over a year ago that the network made a big announcement about the penultimate season of its flagship series Game of Thrones, specifically the date we could expect its return. Typically important but not earth-shattering news, HBO made sure we were paying attention — by literally burying the information in a block of ice." One of the reasons that one failed and the other succeeded is perhaps because David Benioff and D.B. Weiss thought the GoT stunt was "embarrassing," while Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have been building up to their Westworld stunt.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
George R.R. Martin makes the cover Esquire's China edition
The Game of Thrones honcho says there's "lots of text I cannot read. Those of you who can read Chinese... enjoy." According to Time magazine, Martin tells Esquire China he'll continue to write about Lady Stonehart, even though she wasn't used on the HBO series.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Here's a rare look at George R.R. Martin as a clean-shaven adult
"I give you the rarely seen, highly elusive, clean shaven adult GRRM circa 1972," the Game of Thrones honcho tweeted in honor of Throwback Thursday.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 3:15PM EDT
Syfy's first look at Nightflyers features George R.R. Martin
"Nightflyers is a haunted house story on a starship. It's Psycho in space," says Martin in the minute-long preview of the supernatural space thriller.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Showrunner of George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers departs over "creative differences"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Showrunner Daniel Cerone has exited the Syfy space drama. He'll be replaced by executive producer Jeff Buhler, who penned the first Nightflyers TV script.