Newstar, on 25 November 2012 - 04:50 PM, said:
I don't know why the writers/showrunners don't just wait until the source work is well and truly finished before starting to adapt it. I'm still scratching my head as to why the GOT showrunners decided it was a good idea to start adapting the show given that GRRM was still two (well, three at the time) books away from finishing the series, but it does tend to happen.
Benioff probably felt that if they didn't go for it then, someone else would have stepped in and nabbed the rights instead (and GRRM had already been fielding film offers, so a TV offer was probably going to happen eventually). Hell, Justin Cronin sold the film rights for The Passage Trilogy
whilst he was still halfway through writing Book 1
, because Ridley Scott's people saw some serious potential in it.
None of the actors have signed on for 7 years or anything. I don't see them hanging on to all, or even most of the important actors beyond what they have signed up for. 5 years, was it? The show is so expensive, too - and will become even more so as the actors will demand more money later.
Plus D&D themselves might very well want to do other stuff down the line. The one year hiatus seems like a good way to slim down the cast. I don't see why people think that "theres always time" "time and money".
The 'one year hiatus' plan killed Deadwood
. By the time it was time to get the gang back together again for the final season, half the actors had moved on to other projects because HBO could not afford to put them on retainer. So no, this will absolutely not happen.
The contractual situation is this: Benioff and Weiss appear to have 2-year contracts. They renewed after Season 2 and will likely have to renew after Seasons 4 and 6. They have said they envisage the series going for 8 seasons.
The show itself and the major actors are contracted for 6 seasons. After Season 6 they will have to renegotiate, which could kill the show off if they are not careful. However, the show is also lucky in that whilst the whole thing films over six months, actors are often needed only for short bursts (allegedly Charles Dance filmed all of his Season 2 material in a fortnight). This isn't like Friends
where the actors are needed on set every week for six months straight (so you end up paying them $1 million a year each by the end of the series to desperately try to hold onto them), they have the ability to go off and do other projects and then come back to Thrones
when and as needed.