George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon To Become Warner Animated Feature

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Given the overwhelming popularity of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, you might be surprised to learn that long before The Song Of Ice And Fire, Martin had written other stuff.

One of these other writings, The Ice Dragon, first published in 1980, has been picked up by Warner to be made into an animated feature film, Deadline reports.

The story was originally published as a short story for adults in a dragon-themed anthology, Dragons of Light (Ace Books). It was later reworked to make it more child-friendly. It was published in 2007 by Tor with pencil illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert and then in a revised edition in 2014 with beautiful illustrations by Spanish fantasy artist Louis Royo.

The story bears a resemblance to the later epic, featuring a fantasy medieval world not too dissimilar to Westeros. The warring kingdoms harness the power of fire-breathing dragons against their enemies.

The story’s main character, a young girl named Adara, is an enigma. Born in the worst winter in memory, she appears to lack emotion. Her skin is always cold. She feels drawn to ice and snow and plays with ice lizards. When she is four, she secretly befriends a rare Ice Dragon. The Ice Dragon is an untamable creature of legend, and where it flies it leaves cold and desolation. Her people fear it, but Adara rides it, feeling that it has always been her destiny.

When Adara is seven, war comes to her homeland, and fire breathing dragons attack. Only Adara’s Ice Dragon has the power to fight them and save her world.

The story is often sad and dark, with more in common with Game Of Thrones than with Warner’s The Lego Movie. It’s not an obvious choice for a children’s animated feature. The imagery and magic of the story is well suited to animation, so it will be interesting to see how the adaptation shapes up.

Martin is lined up as a producer for the animated feature, with Warner Animation Group Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy overseeing.

Details about casting, production schedule or release date have yet to be publicly finalised.

Carolyn Hucker