19. It Could Have Been A Film
George Martin has freely admitted:

“My scripts were always too long, they were always too expensive. I was always having to cut them. So when I went back to books, I said, ‘I don’t care about any of that any more. I’m going to write a story that’s going to be as gigantic a story as I want. I’m going to have hundreds of characters, gigantic battles, magnificent castles and vistas — all the things I couldn’t do in television.'”

“We got a number of inquiries and basically, I told my agents, no, because I didn’t see how they could possibly be done as a feature film.”

“I knew that the limitations of budgets and the censorship limitations. I know it’s loosened up some since I was active in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, but I can still remember the fights with Standards and Practices and censors about the sex and violence. And the books are full of sex and violence. I didn’t want some watered-down, bowdlerized version of this.”

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