The Horror Honeys: Honey Buzz ~ Starmakers: Game of Thrones vs The Walking Dead

Honey Buzz ~ Starmakers: Game of Thrones vs The Walking Dead


I freely admit that I'm far more invested in Game of Thrones than I am in The Walking Dead...I'm not sure why that is but THR thinks it has all the answers...

Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are two of the hottest genre shows on TV, but only one seems to be launching its stars onto the big screen.

Since the start of September, major faces from HBO's fantasy epic have booked gigs in much-anticipated film projects: Carice van Houten, (Melisandre), will portray German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl in the Jesse Owens biopic Race. Aiden Gillen will make the jump from his Machiavellian character Littlefinger to outright villainy in Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials. And Lannister father-daughter duo Charles Dance and Lena Headey are part of another literary adaptation, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Sophie Turner is also hitting the big screen with a title role in a Mary Shelly biopic coming next year: Mary Shelly's Monster. Cue the smug Lannister gifs.



These new casting announcements join Peter Dinklage, who appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the male lead in April's hit comedy The Other Woman; and Emilia Clark, who recently wrapped Terminator Genisys, Rose Leslie appeared in indie horror Honeymoon, and Natalie Dormer will be making an appearance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.


The Walking Dead, however, isn't doing so well as a springboard for its stars... Despite the show's massive success, series star Andrew Lincoln hasn't been in a feature since 2010's Made in Dagenham(don't feel bad if you haven't heard of it). Other than this year's sci-fi indie I Origins (didn't see that one either? Hmm) Steven Yeun mostly has stuck to TV appearances when he's not battling walkers or making goo-goo eyes at Maggie. And the films that the TWD survivors doshoot tend to be more obscure, such as series favorite Norman Reedus' résumé of low-budget horror/thrillers. (Reedus and Chandler Riggs each recently wrapped separate features from microbudget horror king Jason Blum.)

Here's the kicker: The mostly European Thrones cast is more appealing to U.S. studio executives and audiences, says a casting director who has worked with actors from both shows: "They have a fresh feel." Even veteran actors have benefited from Thrones' exoticizing effect. Charles Dance briefly was on Hollywood's radar in the early '90's with Alien 3 and The Last Action Hero, before returning to his native England. Now, in addition to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, he's in Dracula Untold and the upcoming Stalin-era thriller, Child 44, with Tom Hardy.


Why does Game of Thrones have the edge?
"[it's] produced more like a feature with rich colors, sets and costumes, and most of all, [the characters] are made to be extremely attractive and sexy."


Why TWD fails? And you might not agree...
"When you're being chased by a dead person, it's hard to make them look as appealing."

But character's who have fallen to the undead on TWD seem to fare much better, especially those that die EARLY in the show: Jon Bernthal (Shane) was in The Wolf of Wall Street and will appear opposite Brad Pitt in World War II drama Fury, while Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) just landed the female lead in Carlton Cuse's USA alien drama pilot, Colony.

Gimmie a good moooovieeee

What do YOU think? Which show's characters would YOU prefer to see on the big screen?