HBO Greenlights George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that HBO has greenlighted the television adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones which is based on the first book in his popular A Song of Ice and Fire series:

The premium network has picked up the project for a first-season debut next spring. Nine episodes plus the pilot have been ordered. Production will begin in Belfast this June.

The sprawling tale set in the mythical land of Westeros tells the story of the noble Stark family who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (played by Sean Bean) becomes the king’s new right-hand man. The four-and-counting books in the series would each be used as one season of the series.

And they go one to describe is as “Sopranos with swords”.

This news, of course, means I will now have to pull the books off the shelf.. Oh, and get HBO.

[via Suvudu and GRRM]

2 thoughts on “HBO Greenlights George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’”

  1. I agree it is tempting to get HBO, but I’ll be waiting for DVD release. And you’re right. I reread of the first book before the show comes out is in order, especially because this is the fantasy series that really does it for me (at least the first 3 novels). I love its grittiness but grand scale.

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