HOLLYWOOD – Game of Thrones: The Motion Picture is to be a prequel, sources revealed.

The movie based on popular fantasy book series and hit TV show Game of Thrones is to be a prequel telling the story of young Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon and the war against the mad King Aerys Targaryean. Script writer and director Michael Haneke spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec about the project:

We’re really psyched about this. Usually I make films which are much more well, European I suppose. Austrian mostly. I like dourness and despair, but when I got the meeting with the Game of Thrones people I knew we were all essentially on the same page. The story of Robert and Ned and the rebellion against the mad king is already told and hinted at in the show but we will be going into the depths of the agony, pain, sadism and torture and a lot of what we will show is going to shock fans and leave them with an overwhelming sense of existential dread. So for me this is like a feel good movie.

Although there is no news as yet to the cast the project is expected to begin shooting this Fall. George RR Martin has already given his blessing but will not be working on the script because, as Haneke puts it, ‘we want it finished within the decade’.

Game of Thrones: The Motion Picture will be released in 2018.