All anyone can talk about this week is Game of Thrones (and we’re totally ok with that). Season 4 is set to premiere on April 6, premieres are happening, and the media machine rolls on. Read ahead for some of the latest news including the possibility of a movie, two actors’ challenges, and the showrunners getting comfortable for another two seasons.
Author George R.R. Martin spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the movie prospects surrounding the HBO series. “The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours,” he told them. “Those dragons get real big, you know.”
Another possibility is a prequel film based on Tales of Dunk and Egg, featuring the ancestors of the characters we know, love, and hate.
“They could be the basis for [a film],” he said, “I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more.”
Outside of film news, the actors on the series are gearing up for Season 4. You’d think Michael McElhatton, who plays Roose Bolton on the show, might be getting some hate mail since his last appearance…at the Red Wedding. Speaking with Access Hollywood, he said it’s more fear and respect.
“I didn’t actually receive too much hating. In fact, I think I’ve garnered more respect, if anything,” he told them. “People say, ‘I hate you for what you did, but shake my hand, buddy. Well done,’ is the general term (laughs), and a little bit more respect and a little bit more reverence, I would’ve thought for Roose. Not bad.”
McElhatton said he only read two of the books in Martin’s series before he realized he’d be better off not continuing for the sake of his acting. Pedro Pascal, on the other hand, was upset when his show script spoiled him for the series.
Pascal is playing the new character Oberyn Martell and talked to Entertainment Weekly about his troubles. “I was actually really upset the season was spoiled for me,” he told them. “I was a true audience member of the show and when this audition came around, it still seemed unattainable. So, I put myself on tape with my [iPhone] and I sent it in. It’s impossible not to care because the writing is so good. You just kind of get into it, whether you think you have a chance for it or not.”
And then, well, he got the part. He also told them of the pressure to live up to fan expectation. “It was like, ‘The guys love him, the girls love him, he’s the most amazing human being in the world!’ and I was like AHHHHH! Thanks a lot. Set the bar a little higher,” he said. Then mentioned the sexual nature of his particular role. “Indira [Varma] and I instantly got on really well,” he said. “We just had fun with it. It was not one of the harder things to do.”
Meanwhile, news just hit (also at Entertainment Weekly) of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss signing off for two more years on the show.
(via Winter Is Coming)