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Jun 13 2013 3:20pm

Emma Watson to Star in “Lady Game of Thrones” Films

It looks as though Emma Watson is headed back to the fantasy genre with a vengeance! After nabbing the lead in Guillermo del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast, she has now picked up another fantasy heroine that she can add to her to her tool belt. Watson will be re-teaming with Harry Potter producer David Heyman to star in the fantasy film Queen of the Tearling. This film will be based on a trilogy of books... that have not been released yet. But there are more details!

The Queen of the Tearling is a new book series by Erika Johansen that was bought by HarperCollins not too long ago. It would seem that Johansen was inspired to create the character Watson will be playing after hearing a speech given by President Obama in 2007 (he was a senator at that point, of course). No idea which speech, unfortunately, as it might give us a clue as to what this lady is all about.

Tearling is being called “female Game of Thrones,” which is sort of confusing, in that it needs some clarification. After all, the Song of Ice and Fire series has many female characters in it. Does this mean that women will hold most of the power in the series? That all of the central figures will be female? Does it refer more to the style of the world than anything else? No matter what, we’re curious...

The Queen of Tearling won’t be released until 2014, though. Which means that this movie is probably a while off, but we can all theorize wildly about its content, since we have some idea of what the book will be about. Variety claims it is “set three centuries after an environmental catastrophe when a malevolent Red Queen holds considerable power.”

Mostly, we’re excited because Watson is listed as the Executive Producer. Go, Hermione!

9 comments
Scott Silver
1. hihosilver28
I kind of dislike it when people are comparing things to whatever is hot at the moment. I also highly doubt it will compare with A Song of Ice and Fire. That and like Stubby says, what does "female Game of Thrones" even mean? ASoIaF has just as many female characters and viewpoints as it does male. It just sounds like the publisher is wanting to capitalize off of success. Like calling something "the ____ Harry Potter" or "the ___ Hunger Games".
David Thomson
2. ZetaStriker
Sadly, "female X" seems to usually mean "X as a romance story". It's also a really stupid way of advertising yourself, in my mind.
Jayms
3. Jayms
We need a Wheel of Time mini-series. Either that or about a dozen full-length movies.
Faiz Imam
4. FaizImam
Nah, the only form on media that can realistically portray Wheel of Time is in comic form, and by extension, anime.

I would love a 100+ episode anime series. It would be spectacular.
Tabitha Jensen
5. pabkins
I will definitely have to keep my eyes open for when there is more info on this!
Tabitha Jensen
6. pabkins
I agree with Hihosilver also - I hate the comparisons. This is "like this or like that" - "such and such fans will love it". Hello - just describe the book or movie so it can stand on its own feet. Often I stay away from books if they are specifically said to be like another one. If I wanted to read that - I'd go read it again.
Jayms
7. mmschmidt
Maybe "a female GoT" means less rape.
Dan Wilkenson
8. dwilke1333
I agree with most of these points especially when it comes to something like GoT, how can there be a female version when the actual series already has such strong female characters...just seems like a petty attempt to draw a female fanbase.
Adam S.
9. MDNY
All this indicates to me is the continuation of Hollywood's lack of originality, creativity or insight. There has been a long tradition of all the studios jumping on the bandwagon of whatever new hot hit comes out. Star Wars inspired a whole wave of second-rate sci fi movies, very few of which are remembered today, while for 15 years before that sci-fi was immediately scorned by the studios. Harry Potter and LOTR inspired a huge wave of fantasy films, ranging from good to awful. And so on.... But whatever the current Hollywood mindset is, it inspires studios to continue what has been tried before, rather than encourage new stories. This article painfully reminds me of that. The fact that they have picked up a new series that HASN'T EVEN BEEN PUBLISHED, because it is being billed as a "female GOT" (which makes zero sense, unless you're a studio exec, apparently), is just ludicrous. I'm sorry, but the fact that this is being billed that way makes me LESS inclined to watch it, not more, because it indicates a total adherence to following the formulaic Hollywood standards for the whole series. Maybe I'm wrong, and it will turn out to be good, but I won't hold my breath.
@3,4 I agree that a miniseries would be the only way to do WOT justice; anime would work, but I would prefer live action, and as long as you don't take too long to finish (the actors can't age too much, as the whole series covers like 2 years) it could work.

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