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]

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