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Game of Thrones (based on Song of Ice and Fire) on HBO...Who's Gonna Watch?
For those who don't know, Song of Ice and Fire is a projected 7 book fantasy series (it has 4 books out currently) by George R.R Martin, and generally considered among the top 3 best current fantasy series in any list. One thing I can say about the series is that it is hard-core. There's no gallant heroes, or perfect characters here, and more often than not, there's no guarantee that your favorite character will live as the story progresses. It's gritty, dark, real, and epic in every sense of the word.
It was recently reported that there will be a 7 season series based on one year for each book on HBO:
Originally Posted by Variety
HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy series "A Song of Fire & Ice" into a dramatic series to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
"Fire" is the first TV project for Benioff ("Troy") and Weiss ("Halo") and will shoot in Europe or New Zealand. Benioff and Weiss will write every episode of each season together save one, which the author (a former TV writer) will script.
The series will begin with the 1996 first book, "A Game of Thrones," and the intention is for each novel (they average 1,000 pages each) to fuel a season's worth of episodes. Martin has nearly finished the fifth installment, but won't complete the seven-book cycle until 2011.
The author will co-exec produce the series along with Management 360's Guymon Casady and Created By's Vince Gerardis.
Martin's series has drawn comparisons to J.R.R. Tolkien, because both are period epics set in imagined lands. But Martin has eschewed Tolkien's good-vs.-evil theme in favor of flawed characters from seven noble families.
The book has a decidedly adult bent, with sex and violence comparable to series like "Rome" and "Deadwood."
"They tried for 50 years to make 'Lord of the Rings' as one movie before Peter Jackson found success making three," Martin said. "My books are bigger and more complicated, and would require 18 movies. Otherwise, you'd have to choose one or two characters."
Aside from writing the most recent draft of "Halo," Weiss recently adapted the William Gibson novel "Pattern Recognition" for WB and director Peter Weir.
Benioff and Weiss were repped by CAA and Management 360.
I personally think it'll be awesome on HBO, especially since they have a proven track record with such dark series (like Rome for example), and their shows are the best on TV (especially The Wire). If it's even possible that this can be done right, I'm sure HBO could pull it off. It's also good to know that George R.R Martin is penning a few episodes himself, and overseeing everything (check his website). He also said that it may be coming out next year in 2008 (let's hope!)
Anyone who's read this series should be very excited, and for those who haven't, well you guys will have a pleasant surprise if you ever check it out.
Song of Ice and Fire, The Preacher, and the possible return of Spawn, HBO is really kicking it up a notch it seems. HBO can't do wrong it seems; Rome, Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire, Entourage, Oz, the list goes on and on of awesome shows that they have had.
^Just wait till the seasons are released on DVD, or maybe watch on Youtube if it's available.
I also agree with everyone about HBO being the best choice especially considering how well known they are for high quality series. Truth to tell, I couldn't imagine any other network because Song of Ice and Fire is pretty dark. At the very least it'll contain material similar to what's shown in Rome, though on an even more extreme level.
(But please, guys and gals, don't get TOO excited. This is what it is, and so far that's all it is, so don't make any assumptions).
HBO has just exercised its option, and purchased the television rights to A GAME OF THRONES.
For those of you who don't know Hollywood, an option gives a production company the right to buy a property (a book, a screenplay, whatever) at a certain agreed-upon price for a certain period of time (a year, six months, whatever). When that time runs out, they can let the option lapse, renew the option, or exercise the option and buy the property. The last is what HBO has just done.
What they have NOT done is greenlight the project. A GAME OF THRONES remains in development. They're still budgeting, still looking at locations (Spain and the Czech Republic at present, I hear). No decision has been reached, so any celebration would be premature. In Hollywood it is always best not to assume something is going to happen until it actually happens.
Even so... this is a very encouraging sign, and one that suggests a continued high level of enthusiasm and commitment for A GAME OF THRONES at HBO.
Apparently the article is slightly out-dated - the pilot has already been approved and is going into pre-production. The word i hear on forums is that it will be a twelve episodes a series, each series covering the events of one book, though that's just hear say at the moment.
Seeing as the BBC is going to burden a sizeable chunk of the budget then the chances that they are going to go through with this is looking very good. I say that it is now safe to get excited.
Well considering how excellent HBO has been with most of their series so far, and the fact that they're actually working closely with George Martin, convinces me that this could be a great adaption. I can't really picture how they will pull it off yet though Needs a lot of talented actors if they're going to stay true to the characters from the books.