Most fans of sci-fi and fantasy literature know that George R.R. Martin has been selling fiction professionally since 1970, but there is probably a large body of newer fans out there who aren't aware of much beyond A Song of Ice and Fire (or just know Martin as one of the many executive producer names flashed across the screen on Game of Thrones every week).
Well, one filmmaker, at least, is trying to change that. According to the Hollywood Reporter, German director Constantin Werner is prepping a film called In The Lost Lands, an adaptation of three of Martin's short stories for which Werner has also written the screenplay.
The German-Canadian production is close to landing Milla Jovovich in the lead role, while Justin Chatwin from 2005's War of the Worlds is already signed up.
The three stories are described as such by the company handling the film, Myriad:
In one thread, the desperate queen of a city built into a towering mountain hires the sorceress Gray Alys (Jovovich) to travel into the ghostly wasteland called the Lost Lands, to obtain the gift of shape shifting into a werewolf, but she doesn’t realize that the fulfillment of her wish will come at a terrible price.
Meanwhile, warrior girl Sharra must fight a dragon that serves as the gatekeeper of seven worlds to reunite with her lost lover Kaydar. During this quest she meets the mysterious lord of a deserted castle, Laren Dorr, who seduces her so completely that she forgets her quest and stays with him, unaware that he is the real gatekeeper.
And in the futuristic tale Bitterblooms, a young barbarian girl gets spellbound by a lonely witch in a spacecraft, who shows her beauty and love, which turns out to be a net of lies and deceit.
Very little of Martin's work has been adapted for either film or TV outside of A Song of Ice and Fire; his 1979 story "Sandkings" was adapted twice for the latter-era versions of The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone, while his 1980 novella "Nightflyers" was made into a low-budget 1987 film. Should more of Martin's work be brought to the screen? Which of his stories or novels would you like to see adapted next?
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