Game of Thrones fans, prepare yourselves for a new animated must-see movie. George R.R. Martin, the brilliant mind behind the HBO hit series, just announced that he will be taking on a new venture following the GoT Season 8 wrap-up—and it’s a major motion picture.
Deadline exclusively reports that Martin has just confirmed that he’ll be teaming up with Warner Animation Group for the development of a family-friendly feature film adapted from his 1980 children’s novel, The Ice Dragon.
The acclaimed fantasy novelist penned the lesser-known book well before Game of Thrones hit the shelves or our TV screens—and for those who’ve never heard of the title—the plot is a swift departure from bloody warring lands of Westeros.
The storyline follows Adara, a young girl living in a frozen desolate tundra, who develops an unlikely friendship with a mystical dragon. Based on the synopsis, the upcoming film will clearly target a younger demographic—but will still be a win for anyone who’s easily lost in a Martin-constructed fantasy world. And unfortunately, the plot doesn’t exist in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe, so don’t expect any possible explanations on Viserion’s White Walker transformation from Season 7 in there.
Deadline adds that Martin’s manager, Vince Gerardis, will be coming on board for the animated production as The Ice Dragon‘s executive producer. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation Group has tapped chiefs Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy, to oversee the film’s studio production.
There’s no further information regarding The Ice Dragon production schedule or proposed release date, but with Game of Thrones coming to an end in 2019—fans may have hope for a taste of winter’s return in Martin’s new film.
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