‘Game of Thrones’ Creators To Adapt ‘Dirty White Boys’ As First Feature

By April 10, 2014

With “Game of Thrones” fourth season premiering to record ratings last Sunday, it appears there is more good news this week for co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

According to Deadline, the duo are set to write and direct an adaptation of Stephen Hunter’s novel “Dirty White Boys” for 20th Century Fox.

Here’s what Benioff had to say to Deadline, regarding how the pair decided to adapt Hunter’s novel, about three escaped convicts and the lawman who attempts to bring them to justice, into a feature film:

We’re sitting around bullsh*tting and we started talking about lines we were jealous of before it came around to the familiar topic of greatest opening lines in novels. Our friend Scott Frank brought up the opening line of Dirty White Boys. To be honest, I’d never hear [sic] of the book before, even though we’d heard of Stephen Hunter’s sniper series. Scott mentioned that opening line from Dirty White Boys, and it made me go out and buy the book, and Dan bought the book, and then we got past that first line and just fell in love with it.

Benioff went on to explain why it was never an option to bring “Game of Thrones” to the big screen:

“Game of Thrones” was too big a canvas for a movie, but “Dirty White Boys” is like a great old Western, there’s so much compression and it’s so pressurized, it demands to be told in one sitting. If we’d to compress the storytelling in “Game of Thrones”, we’d have just mutilated the book.

Benioff and Weiss are both determined to stay with the hit HBO show until its series finale and considering the time-consuming nature of producing a show of that magnitude, it seems like it’ll be a while until the duo can focus on this feature. But one thing that is clear, considering the success of “Game of Thrones”: I’m sure everyone will be excited to see what Benioff and Weiss create next.

What do you think of Benioff and Weiss’ next project? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.