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George R.R. Martin's The Ice Dragon to be adapted by Warner Animation Group

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May 23, 2018, 4:53 PM EDT (Updated)

Hollywood just can't get enough of George R.R. Martin, it seems. In addition to HBO's proposed slate of five prequel series set in the world of Game of Thrones and SYFY's own upcoming adaptation of Martin's sci-fi/horror novella Nightflyers, a new animated film based on his 1980 children’s book The Ice Dragon is in the works.

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According to Deadline, Warner Animation Group has picked up the tale, in which fire-breathing dragons are used as weapons of war by kingdoms in conflict with each other. It centers on a young girl named Adara who becomes friends with a rare beast known as an Ice Dragon. She and the creature may be the only ones capable of stopping her homeland from being destroyed.

The novella first saw publication in an anthology of dragon stories called Dragons of Light, with Martin republishing it in his own 1987 collection, Portraits of His Children, and later as a standalone illustrated book.

The Ice Dragon was written before Martin began the A Song of Ice and Fire saga that is the source for HBO's Game of Thrones, and there was initially some question about whether it is set in the same realm. But the story seems to have been retconned into the Westeros universe by publishers, commentators, and Martin himself.

The most recent edition of the book, published in 2014, describes it as set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, while Jon Snow refers to ice dragons of legend in A Dance With Dragons, the sixth Westeros novel: "The wind was gusting, cold as the breath of the ice dragon in the tales Old Nan had told when Jon was a boy." (via The Guardian)

The Warner Animation Group is the feature division of Warner Animation and is responsible for The Lego Movie and its offshoots, as well as upcoming projects like Smallfoot, Teen Titans GO! to the Moviesand The Jetsons. There's no word yet on when The Ice Dragon will go into production, but one has to wonder if we'll see one of these critters either in Martin's next adult novel or the final season of Game of Thrones.