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Richard Plepler on 'Game of Thrones': HBO CEO Not Worried About Timing

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HBO Chairman & CEO Richard Plepler (L) HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo speak onstage at the Executive Session panel during the HBO portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

By    |   Friday, 11 Jul 2014 05:56 PM

HBO CEO Richard Plepler said Thursday he isn't worried about "Game of Thrones" outpacing the books being written by George R.R. Martin and his counterpart dispelled the idea that a movie may be in the works.

Fans of the book series by George R.R. Martin and the show have been worried about the pacing as the show enters its fifth season. The HBO show is supposed to end in seven seasons, but the worry is the newest books won’t be out in time.

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“Obviously George is an integral part of the creative team,” Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president, said at a summer press tour of the Television Critics Association, Entertainment Weekly reported. “So next season every move is being choreographed very closely with him. Certainly after next year we’ll have to figure it out with George, but we’re not concerned about it.”

And later, Lombardo added, "There’s no conversations going on about a movie."

The Hollywood Reporter said Plepler was in agreement with Lombardo about the pacing of the show and the books.

"In my conversations with George, he's 100 percent focused on the books and the show," Plepler said. But he didn’t take the idea of a movie completely off the table.

Author Martin shared his thoughts on a movie with attendees of a masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland on Thursday.

Asked in the class about a “Game of Thrones” movie, The Mary Sue quoted Martin, “Somehow misconception is getting out that I’m the one that’s urging that we end the series with a movie. Let me make it clear that I’m not: I think it’s a good idea, but it’s not my idea to end this with a series of big movies.”

But, Martin said, the television show is “pushing up against the limits.”

“We’re the most expensive show on television, the most expensive show in the world right now, and we have the biggest cast as far as I know,” Martin continued. “We can’t keep adding characters and making the show more and more expensive. We’re pushing up against the limits there, so we either have to make some cuts going forward and simplify the story, or we have to increase the format.”

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HBO CEO Richard Plepler said Thursday he isn't worried about "Game of Thrones" outpacing the books being written by George R.R. Martin and his counterpart dispelled the idea that a movie may be in the works.
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