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Warner Animation Group to Adapt George R.R. Martin’s ‘The Ice Dragon’

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The Ice Dragon

[Illustration by Luis Royo]

Disney has Elliot, DreamWorks has Toothless, and now Warner Bros. is unleashing its own fire-breathing reptile with the Ice Dragon!

Deadline broke the news that Warner Animation Group is adapting George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel The Ice Dragon to the big screen as an animated feature.

The story of the novel centres on Adara, a young girl who bonds a secret friendship with a rare Ice Dragon. When Adara’s city gets invaded by a dragon army, it’s up to her and the Ice Dragon to save their world.

Martin published The Ice Dragon back in 1980, long before his iconic A Song of Ice and Fire series, which you probably know is the source material for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.

Martin will be involved in the production as a producer, while Warner Animation Group chiefs Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy will oversee the project. As an added bonus for Game of Thrones fans, series producer Vince Gerardis will serve as executive producer on the movie. The release date, director, and animation provider are yet to be announced,

All of Warner Animation Group’s previous films have been primarily comedy-based, so it will be an interesting and refreshing change for them to dive into something darker and more serious for once. And even as someone who isn’t into Game of Thrones, I think adapting a story like this could have a lot of potential for an incredible animated movie. Could this end up as the next How to Train Your Dragon? I definitely hope so.

Warner Animation Group’s next feature Smallfoot releases September 28, while the highly-anticipated The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will be out on February 8 next year. (Note that Teen Titans Go! to the Movies lacks the WAG banner.)

Are you excited to fly on The Ice Dragon?

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).
  • Ooooooo this has me invested!! :DD

  • Bob Smith

    This sounds interesting. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think we’ve had that many dragons in animated movies. I just hope this movie turns out well in the end.

    • Marielle

      There are a few upcoming ones: Wish Dragon, Dragon Rider, Dragonkeeper. I assume it will be a while before we see The Ice Dragon though.

      • Bob Smith

        I can’t find much on all of them, even Wish Dragon which is said to come out next year.

  • Amber Dvorak

    Thanks for writing this! This sounds like an interesting project with the people behind it, and it’s really hard to go wrong with dragons!