Wait—Game of Thrones was originally supposed to be a movie?

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Dec 17, 2012, 4:24 PM EST

It was risky for HBO to turn an awesome, but not mainstream, fantasy book franchise into a big-budget series with George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones. Well, as it turns out, that wasn't the original plan after all.

Thrones writer Bryan Cogman recently did a Q&A with The Mary Sue, where he let slip a very intriguing detail while discussing how they try to fit all the nuance from the books into the television series.

While that's a tough task in itself, he noted it'd have been all but impossible if the original plan to turn the book into a movie would've gone forward:

"If this had been a movie (and that was what was originally pitched to my boss, David Benioff) it would have gutted the story. Major characters and plotlines would have likely been jettisoned. I know some die-hard book fans are upset that, say, Jeyne Poole is gone -- but how would they have liked a version of the story that omitted Daenerys? Or half the Stark children? Or Jon Snow's entire storyline? That's what a film version would have looked like. When David read these books he knew they had to be a TV series and he brought Dan [D. B. Weiss] onboard and that was the plan from then on."
Thank goodness that idea wound up with its head on a stake, because I don't think anyone would've liked to see a woefully chopped version of Martin's epic tale.

What do you think? Could a film have worked?

(Via The Mary Sue)