‘Game of Thrones’ Will Never Die
Game of Thrones author teams up with Warner Bros. to keep the magic alive
Game of Thrones is the epitome of successful television. The cinematic experience of a well-crafted show brings George R.R. Martin’s books to life with an incomparable prowess. The HBO show is what presently sets the standard for good television and fantasy. The New York Times Bestselling Author enthusiastically continues to show support for visual representation of his stories as he announces an animated team up with Warner Bros.
Written in 1980, The Ice Dragon is the story about Adara, a young girl who loses her mother in a mythical winter kingdom. Think about the North in the show, but substitute the Starks with this girl. Adara then befriends a beast known as the Ice Dragon. The two allies then work together to save the world of annihilation.
If Warner Bros. can produce an animated film that gives Adara a strong representation and maturity, then this film will be something to look out for. There is a persistent need for brave female characters in animated features outside of the Disney bubble. The Ice Dragon will be an example that focuses on the strength of femininity by portraying the rejection of gender roles in a fantastical world. Game of Thrones already does so with its most striking characters being Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, and Cersei Lannister.
Seeming to have all of the required factors to tell an invigorating tale of courage and fantastical elements, The Ice Dragon will thrive off the success of the existing show. Game of Thrones is set for its last season in 2019. No matter what house you identify with, the last six episodes of the show will bring you to tears… even if you had the strength and insensitivity of the Lannisters. (Starks all the way!)
Filmed in Northern Ireland (and all over the Baltic) Game of Thrones has been an economic advantage for many European countries. The fanbase of both the books and show create a constant stream of revenue. This inspires European governments to fund HBO to produce the show in their countries. Not only does it provide international recognition, but it creates tourist traps. The process is a big cycle of profit flow. It’s the modern New Zealand who boasts about housing The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I have friends who to this day send me photos of the hobbit dens whenever they visit Middle Earth). Where else can you film large-scale battle sequences besides Ireland? The green horizons of the fields of grass provide a perfect and aesthetic location for people to spill blood.
Game of Thrones is impressive for its huge ensemble. Since it is a live-action, the immense cooperation between the cast and crew is what makes the series so extraordinary. The visuals look real and this is what brings the world to life. If you want something to compare it to, think about the film and book, Eragon. The movie was a complete flop for two reasons: 1. it did not stay remotely close to the complexity of the novel, and 2. visually it wasn’t convincing. Fantasy fanatics and dragon lovers want to experience a story that looks authentic. This is what Game of Thrones plays off of. People enjoy the show because they are able to immerse themselves in a world that is completely different from their own. Westeros provides an escape. This magical escapism might be a bit more difficult to produce in an animated feature.
Nonetheless, the announcement of this animated feature will put fans at ease. The stories of great heroes and dragons are not over yet. Also, animated features are commonly advertised for younger audiences. However, the adult animation category is expanding. In order for The Ice Dragon to be just as successful as the show, it needs to continue hitting this demographic. The barbaric qualities of the show are what keeps it fresh. Audiences want to see epic battles with carnage. If the animated feature is a sugarcoated version, then it will just be another cheesy dragon movie. Don’t get me wrong though, How to Train Your Dragon has a special place in my heart, but I can’t imagine G. R. R. Martin’s work being remotely as prudish.
Vince Gerardis is signed on as an executive producer, and is working with Warner Bros. closely. His client (Martin) wants people to understand that the film will not belong in the same world as the HBO show, but will resemble similar themes and adventures. Warner Bros. Animation, Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy, will work on the side of the studio. The Ice Dragon has remarkable potential.
Since the announcement revealing the prequel, HBO and Warner Bros. have continued to option more and more possible scripts for the spin-off series. In fact, from what was originally two possible ideas revolving around The Ice Dragon, there are now five scripts in development. Alright GOT fans calm down.
This doesn’t mean that there will be five different shows. Could you imagine that? It’d be Game of Thrones on TV all the time. However, in order to get the same awe ratio from the original masterpiece, these shows need to invest all their funds into only one.
“The idea is not to do four shows.” -Casey Bloys, HBO
If the talent on the project unites to focus on the norms set by GOT, then the path is already paved. All they have to do is tell another story that embraces the surreal and enticement with dragons, of course.