“It turns out that HBO and I have our own animated projects,” announces George R.R. Martin in a blog post published on December 31, 2023. The writer of the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire - in which the creators of the television series Games of Thrones drew inspiration - assures that several of their projects are "on the verge of taking the next step."
House of the Dragon, the first post-Game of Thrones series whose plot takes place 170 years before Khaleesi's adventures, is based on the book Fire
The American writer has clearly discovered a hidden love for the world of animated series. On his blog, he admits to having been won over by Blue Eye Samurai, an American animated series for adults. In this creation animated by the French company Blue Spirit, the young warrior Mizu, a mixed race with blue eyes, is ready to travel all over Japan to satisfy her desire for revenge. “They're doing amazing things with animation these days,” responded George R.R. Martin.
The American pay television channel HBO could well satisfy his desires. At least three animated series are currently in the works, one of which will chronicle the legendary travels of the Sea Serpent Corlys Velaryon, one of the most important characters in the House of the Dragon series. Called Nine Voyages, the project was initially to make a live-action series but since “a project put on the table for a year can be abandoned”, the production finally moved from live action to animation. According to him, “budgetary constraints would probably have made a live action version too expensive.”
For an animated series, the average cost per episode is between 6 to 12 million euros. According to the news site Variety, the production budget for the first season of House of the Dragon was nearly $200 million, or about $20 million on average per episode. More and more cinematographic universes therefore prefer to develop their story only in 3D: Star Wars (The Bad Batch), Marvel (What if) or even The Lord of the Rings (War of the Rohirrim).
If the HBO project comes to fruition, George R.R. Martin hopes he can make it “as beautiful and captivating as Blue Eye Samurai.” But the writer does not prefer to say more for the moment: “nothing is certain in Hollywood” he concludes.