HODOR SPIN OFF MOVIE GREENLIT

HOLLYWOOD – A spin off movie of the popular Game of Thrones character Hodor is to be made into a separate movie, HBO revealed today.

Everyone’s favorite mono-word character Hodor is to get his own spin off film HBO announced today. The movie will star Kristian Nair and is currently being written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in conjunction with George RR Martin.

The big friendly giant will have his own story which is set before they events that being season one of the television series but will not feature him as a youth.

George RR Martin took time out from not finishing the latest book to talk EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec:

We did think about making a version of the story where we would go back to when he was called Wyllis. I even toyed with a Different Strokes situation. He would always be getting into trouble with the Starks and Jon Snow. It was very funny, but ultimately we just realized there wasn’t enough story there and so we decided to go back to the idea of what makes Hodor great and that’s basically Hodor.

So what is the story?

I can give you a twist that I hope the guys don’t mind me telling. We were obviously worried that the main character just has one word for the whole film to repeat. That’s okay for TV where you have lots of other characters but we thought it might not be enough for the movie. So we came up with this idea that Hodor is only saying Hodor whenever the Starks are in earshot. Aside from that he speaks normally with a slight Oxford accent. This is really funny. It gets him out of so much trouble. The only problem is Kristian is having real difficulty learning his lines. So there’s a chance we might just go back to him saying Hodor all the time. David Mamet did a first draft for us two years ago so we’d just go back to that one.

Hodor: The Motion Picture will be released in 2018.

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GAME OF THRONES 6: MID-SEASON REVIEW

WESTEROS – HBO’s Game of Thrones reached the mid-point of its season on Sunday and the Studio Exec has taken the opportunity to cast his gin filmed eye over the happenings in George RR Martin’s fantasy world.

At the beginning of the latest episode of Season 6 of Game of Thrones, Sansa once more meets Little Finger. It is one of the features of this new George RR Martin-free Game of Thrones that characters are beginning to reunite with increasing frequency. In fact, Season 6 could even be rename 1.0, because there is a definite tendency to reset. Danerys gets out of her endless palace politics and back to the Dothraki; Arya after the briefest of banishments is back training to be merely ‘a girl’; Theon is back with his family; the surviving rump of the Lannisters are back together once more. Martin’s favored narrative model is aimless wandering through various climate zones – snow, desert, forest etc. – interrupted by interludes of violent surprising/unsurprising death. The show-runners are now gathering their characters into clumps ready to do battle and some minor characters are getting offed to clear the underbrush. Likewise there is a sense that they are repairing Martin’s more masochistic blood letting. The resurrection of Jon Snow is only the most obvious example of this and was halfway between a shark jumping incident and sigh of relief.

Back to Sansa’s meeting with Little Finger. Maybe I’m being too meta here but it sounded like finally the women of Westeros and environs were speaking directly to George RR Martin. It’s all very well showing rape and using rape as a danger and dramatic turning point, but the real suffering of the characters has not received much in the way of acknowledgement. Sansa’s insistence on the details of her ordeal at the hands of Ramsay Bolton felt like a corrective. As did the nudity during the play Arya watched. First we get a flash of breasts and then a close up of a penis.

However, moving away from Martin’s vision also means moving more towards a regular television feel. The return of a seemingly dead character mirrors Bobby Ewing’s return in Dallas. When the ginger bearded Wilding made goo-goo eyes at Brienne of Tarth, it felt like a comic note in a sitcom. The cinematic climax to the episode was powerfully done, but once you step back and think about it, poor Wylis’ whole life was destroyed just so he could repair the umpteenth Bran Stark f*ck up.

As the show goes on the divergence is going to get broader and whether this proves liberating, or a betrayal of the original spirit of the books and the first five seasons is still very much up for grabs.

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