Sorry George R.R. Martin, but HBO isn’t on board with your dream of a “Game of Thrones” movie — at least right now.
HBO executives Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler responded to Martin’s comments about wanting “Game of Thrones” to end with a movie at the 2014 summer TV press tour, and Lombardo says, “There’s no conversations going on about a movie.”
“In my conversations with George, he is 100 percent focused on his books and the series and has only held out the movie concept as something way down the road,” Plepler says. “Their fundamental focus is him finishing the book and getting to the next season of the series.”
As for the series catching up with the show, both Plepler and Lombardo say that’s not a concern for HBO. “We’re not losing any sleep over that at all,” Plepler says. Lombardo notes, “Certainly after next year [Season 5] we will have to figure [the future] out with George if the book’s not finished.”
“Game of Thrones” has only been picked up through Season 6, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have repeatedly said they have a seven season plan. Lombardo and Plepler say fans shouldn’t lose sleep over the fact that “Game of Thrones” isn’t renewed further, because they have no plans to end the show any time soon.
Lombardo says he’s told Martin: “You keep writing, we’ll keep making the show.”
During an appearance at Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, Martin reportedly said, “If we go seven or eight seasons and then the show is still big enough that we can get the $200 million to finance a huge epic movie to end it … sure! But that doesn’t mean it has been approved. Some people like the idea. Other people don’t like the idea.”
“Game of Thrones” is slated to return with Season 5 in spring 2015.