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HBO To Play A Game Of Thrones

It’s been on HBO’s radar for awhile now and now it’s official: HBO has ordered a pilot episode to be produced based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

With the explosion of genre related shows recently, mostly SF of SF tinged, you’d think this would have been fast tracked, especially by HBO, which is known for producing quality, groundbreaking series that other networks wouldn’t touch. Now we can potentially add Martin’s world to the list. It still remains to be seen whether HBO will pick up the show. This is an order for a pilot after all. We can hope HBO goes for it, for the reasons outlined in the linked article.

But to me, the coolest, and best idea, for the series is to have each season cover one of the books. This is awesome and is the way it should be done. This way, the writers can concentrate on delivering the story without having to sacrifice vast swaths of each novel. Of course, if the series is to ever reach a final conclusion, Martin will have to write a lot faster to finish the thing off. Which would be good news for his legions of fans!

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6 Comments on HBO To Play A Game Of Thrones

  1. Doing my happy dance…

  2. I’m sorry… but did you say Martin has to write faster??


    Oh, thanks….. I needed that.

    We are all going to be long dead before he finishes that series. Didn’t book number 1 come out in like 1995? Thirteen years later and we’re still waiting for book 5. There is no way in hell it should take this long for the books to come out, unless you (the writer) don’t take it as a serious job. For God’s sake look at what Steven Erikson is doing with Malazan, and that series is just as intricately plotted as ASOIAF!!

    Take your time George, I WON”T be buying Dance when it comes out. I’ll read it for free at the library.

  3. The library will have bought the book. I’m sure he’s not crying because of library sales. And there will be plenty who will buy the book (whenever that is).

    Look at the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Or between volumes of LOTR. Or between The Silmarillion and LOTR.

    This wait is nothing.

  4. Edward Milewski // November 13, 2008 at 1:37 pm //

    Well, if they do to this the same thing that they’ve done to the Sword of Truth series, I can tell you right off that I won’t watch it. I was very much looking forward to seeing the book, Wizard’s First Rule, filmed as that seemed to be the promise. Instead some hack writer twists and perverts and gives us his own story instead Terry Goodkind’s story.

    So if the same happen with Martin’s books… no I refuse to watch.

  5. jamison spencer // November 13, 2008 at 4:15 pm //

    Geez.  Bunch of haters.  I wish the books would come faster cause i cant wait to read them but i’m not hating on gm over it.  Writing books is a hard and mysterious thing.  Who are you to decide how long it should take?  As long as the end result is as good as these have been, ill read it.  I do think he should be worried about finishing it before he dies though, cause an unfinished series will not keep getting read into perpetuity.  as for the hbo show, it will be amazing.  were talking about hbo, not network or the sci fi channel.  the books are exactly what hbo likes, a dark and cynical and realist based look at a “classic”genre.  They will do a great job with it and I will be eagerly watching.  (At least some studio isnt trying to turn the whole series into one lame movie.  Imagine that for a moment.)


  6. I’m certainly hopeful that things will work out ASOIAF will work out. HBO tends to do a great job with its shows and I doubt Martin would sell his story down the river if he thought it could get butchered. And I agree the full-season treatment per book is the right way to go. That being said, I’m reserving judgement until I actually see the pilot and until the story becomes a series, because despite the best intentions…


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