Los Angeles— Fans of the HBO mega-hit “Game of Thrones” finally now know what the show’s creators as well as its biggest star will be doing once the show finishes its 8th and final season in 2019.
D.B. Weiss and partner David Benioff announced yesterday that they’ve been given the green light to reboot Steven Spielberg’s alien epic, “E.T.” And they will working with an actor for the role that they’ve become very familiar and friendly with the past few years: Peter Dinklage.
“We-I’d guess we probably talked about using CGI for ‘E.T.’ for maybe 10 seconds,” Weiss said. “But then we figured we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use Pete if we could get him. And we did. He said he’s all in. And we all know he’ll be great.”
The duo were also thrilled to get the blessing of Spielberg himself. “Ste-Mr. Spielberg, excuse me, called us up while we were filming in Malta last week and said he’s excited to see the new twist we would bring to the story,” Benioff said.
A reboot has been in the Hollywood rumor mill for years, with every well-known director from J.J. Abrams to Bryan Singer to Jon Favreau attached at different times. But Weiss and Benioff said their great chemistry and the timing of them finally finishing up “Game of Thrones” just worked out wonderfully. “The stars just aligned, as it were,” Benioff said.
Other roles in the reboot that have been cast besides Dinklage include Giselle Eisenberg as young Gert, the loudmouthed little sister played by Drew Barrymore in the original; Nancy Travis as the mom originally played by Dee Wallace Stone; Jacob McCarthy as Michael, the older brother played by Robert MacNaughton originally; and Gaten Matarazzo as Elliot, the boy who finds and befriends “E.T.”
Weiss confirmed that filming would begin on “E.T.” in Majorca shortly after they finished editing the final season of “Game of Thrones,” and he was excited to show how “E.T.” would interact with modern-day society “with all its dragons, magic, corruption and frozen walking zombies, then use an iPad to phone home. It’ll be great.”