‘Game Of Thrones’ Showrunners Wanted To End Series With A Film Trilogy

George R. R. Martin revealed that David Benioff and Dan Weiss considered ending Game of Thrones with a film trilogy.

HBO’s Game of Thrones concluded with a six-episode eighth season that received mixed to outright negative reactions from viewers. Among the many criticisms directed towards the final season of Game of Thrones concerned the shortened episode length, which many felt resulted in story arcs being rushed and, consequently, questionable character actions.

The decision to conclude Game of Thrones with a shorter season may not have been well-received, but George R. R. Martin revealed that showrunners initially considered closing out the series with a different format. During an interview with the German outlet Welt, George R. R. Martin explained that David Benioff and Dan Weiss wanted to follow the seventh season of Game of Thrones with a film trilogy that would close out the series:

“At the moment it is not my place to decide because the movie rights for Game of Thrones belong to HBO. Besides from that, we actually considered this option: David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the makers behind the TV show, wanted to finish the saga with three big movies after Season 7. Game of Thrones was supposed to end in cinema. It was seriously discussed four to five years ago.”

However, George R. R. Martin added that the HBO executives opposed the idea of bringing Game of Thrones to the big screen:

“Because HBO didn’t want that. The executives said: We produce TV shows, we are not in the cinema business. And if HBO does make a movie, like the movie based on Deadwood, they only produce it to show it on tv – not on the big screen. Everything is changing at the moment. What is being shown at the cinema right now? Everything is mixing up. Nowadays we don’t know where the lines between cinema, streaming services and television are.”

Do you think Game of Thrones should have concluded with a film trilogy? Let us know below!

In October, HBO officially announced Game of Thrones prequel from George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal titled House of the Dragon. Centered on the downfall of House Targaryen, the prequel is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

Another Game of Thrones prequel set roughly 5,000 years before the events of George R. R. Martin’s original story was initially planned before HBO scrapped the project. Directed and executive produced by S. J. Clarkson, the pilot featured an ensemble cast that included Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Toby Regbo, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Alex Sharp, Miranda Richardson, Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx.Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Game of Thrones franchise as it develops!

Source: Welt (translation via Reddit)

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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