George R.R. Martin, better known as the Gandalf looking guy who wrote the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which eventually became Game of Thrones, is not about “fake news.”
After several media outlets reported stories about him “taking a break” from writing to open a new foundation for film and television in his home city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Martin took to his blog to set the record straight.
While it is true that Martin is involved with the Stagecoach Foundation, some of the details from the original story have been misrepresented, according to Martins blog post.
Here are some of the highlights from Martin’s post:
– the Stagecoach building is not 30,000 square feet. Someone pulled that number out of their ass, and dozens of other reports have repeated it. That’s a rough approximate figure for MEOW WOLF, an entirely different place on the other side of Santa Fe. The Stagecoach building is perhaps a third that size,
– I did not “build” Stagecoach. David Weininger did that in 1999, as the headquarters for his compnay [sic], Daylight Chemical Information Systems,
– I am not “opening a film studio.” Stagecoach is a non-profit foundation dedicated to bringing more film and television production to Santa Fe, it is not a film studio,
– there are no sound stages at Stagecoach (though there are several here in town, at the Santa Fe Studios and the Greer Garson Studios). It’s an office building, and will be used primarily for pre- and post-production purposes,
– I am not going to be “running” a foundation, much less a studio. That task I’ve given to a dynamic young lady named Marisa X. Jiminez [sic], who helped open Santa Fe Studios here in town, and who will have total charge of the day-to-day operations of Stagecoach, under a board of directors.
Meanwhile, as fans anxiously await the final book in the series, Winds of Winter, Martin is slowly making progress on that as well. “Not done yet, but I’ve made progress,” he wrote on his Live Journal page in January. “But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now. I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).”
Game of Thrones Season 7 premiers July 16th on HBO.