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The Ides of March

So... March is upon us. The month when HBO will announce its decision on A GAME OF THRONES.

(Yes, I know, I know, it is not actually the Ides until March 15, but the phrase is so fraught with drama I could not resist).

I have absolutely no idea whether "March" will translate to "early March" or "the end of March." The decision could be announced today, for all I know. Or maybe they will make us all wait until March 31. The Ides... well, maybe not. I don't know if I can wait another fifteen days, and anyway that date has ominous connotations. "Beware the Ides of March," and all that. So please let us know before that, HBO.

From the start of this, I've told myself, "Don't get too emotionally invested in this, or you will be devastated if it doesn't go." Wise words, those. I'm a smart guy.

But easier said than done. I've failed. I am totally emotionally invested, and if HBO does indeed decide to pass, for whatever reason, I will be gutted.

So let's all hope I am soon doing the happy dance instead.


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Mar. 1st, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
When it comes to these kind of things, one can't help but get emotionally involved. It's about one of your "literary children" we're talking about. You are in your books, the same your books are in you. So the moment you wrote them, you became emotionally involved with them.

(Something I'm pretty sure you already know)

Anyways, what I wanted to say is that you should teach us how to do the happy dance, 'cos if everything goes right, we will want to dance with you.

Crossing fingers here in Spain.

Edited at 2010-03-01 05:42 pm (UTC)
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Crossing fingers here in spain, too..

I guess the happy dance includes a few dragons. Well, i don´t know. Bad joke, i know.

I wish i wish i wish HBO says YES. Everyone wants it!

(no subject) - misseri44 - Mar. 1st, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I firmly believe in the power of positive thought/energy.

Here's my first comment towards that end: Make it happen HBO! You know you want to.
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
We are planning on getting HBO just for this. So, if they drop the ball, well, one less new customer for them.

Good luck!
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Me too!
And I'm sure I would not be the only one.
Re: Me too! - lampster65 - Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - tully01 - Mar. 1st, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
2nd - kevin_007 - Mar. 1st, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - mippa - Mar. 1st, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Quick! Everybody write HBO about this! - blueeye_jedi - Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:14 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
I think we'll ALL be gutted if they pass on the show. *crosses fingers*
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
I've crossed my fingers.
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
I am SO hoping they give the green light! *hopes*
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Best of luck, good sir. To all of us, really -- it would be magnificent TV.

I don't mean to bring up a tense subject, but: if they foolishly pass, does that mean that nobody ever gets to see the pilot they shot? Because I'd like to put my name on the list of folks who would pony up wampum for a DVD release of it. Serious wampum, if need be. Well, somewhat serious.

If they *do* run it, though, I think your resulting happy dance should be on the DVD extras.
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Well, I know for one that I and a multitude of my friends are eagerly hoping that we get to see your work brought to our screens.
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
They'd be foolish not to
Picking up the pilot would virtually ensure a renewed HBO subscription from me, and probably a host of others. Look at ABC's Legend of the Seeker -- written off of Terry Goodkind's sword of truth. It's doing wonderfully and while the web of a world he's spun there is amazing, yours is so much more in depth! I'm sure it's in the bag!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: They'd be foolish not to
Let's hope it's of a much higher calibre than that p.o.s. Thankfully HBO's standards are a wee bit higher than that gawdawful waste of airspace. If they don't make it viewable without having to have read the books, we're screwed.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you George.
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
I have a good feeling about this!!
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Forgive me this admission, but I'm hoping HBO picks it up because it guarantees we'll see Book Seven by 2017. I'm currently Crow's deep into my third reading of the series and dying for some conclusions.
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Please provide footage of said happy dance when it's green lit ^^
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
co-signed!! :D I promise I will happy dance along as well!
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
We will all be gutted or doing the happy dance with you, I'm sure!
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
I dearly hope so, too. &Hearts;
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
I am informed by my better half that this would be the kalends of March.

We're certainly crossing our fingers for happy news, but if it doesn't happen, well, them's the breaks. There's a pilot, at least, and you got to meet and work with some great people. Not all that bad.

On a vaguely related note, I was re-reading Dreamsongs and you mention in the "Siren Song of Hollywood" piece that you had had some of your works optioned even before The Armageddon Rag was optioned by Philip DeGuerre. Is there a list anywhere of which works those were?
Mar. 1st, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
a list?
No, not really. I remember some, though...

"Nightflyers" was optioned and actually filmed, of course.

"Sandkings" was optioned a bunch of times before it was finally done for television on THE OUTER LIMITS. The first time, it was optioned by the old character actor Elisha Cook, Jr, who wanted to play Simon Kress himself.

FEVRE DREAM was optioned once by Oprah's company, Harpo Productions, but they never did anything with it. Later on, Katherine Bigelow was interested in the book, though I don't recall that she actually bought an option.

"Remembering Melody" was optioned and filmed, as an episode of THE HITCHIKER. One of HBO's first original series.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE optioned "Portraits of His Children." Phil had a policy against allowing prose writers to adapt their own stories and books, so Alan Brennert was set to do the script, but CBS decided the story was too downbeat and killed it. It was under option for all of three days, as I recall, but I still got to keep the option money. Made like a thousand dollars a day there...

There were others I've forgotten, I'm sure.
Re: a list? - hippoiathanatoi - Mar. 1st, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Given that stellar cast and the locations they chose to shoot it, I think it would be disappointing for all your fans if they took a pass on it.
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for the decision either
I have also thought this wait is excruciating. However, you are obviously more invested than everyone else. I for one am looking forward to an awesome ASOIF year. Marh ___ HBO announces show is picked up (hopefully); March 16, 2010, Mystery Knight; and ___, 2010, A Dance With Dragons is released.
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
*sends positive thoughts and Internet man-hug*
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
What with the Tudors gearing up for its last season over on Showtime, I think it would be a bit thick of HBO to pass on GAME. Good luck, sir.
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Here's to hoping! Don't fail us now HBO ;_;
It promises to be good AND Starz has Spartacus: Blood and Sand. I'm sure they'll want something "periodic" to go up against that. And kick it's arse :D *8fingers crossed*
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
We dropped HBO after the demise of the Sopranos, Deadwood and Rome. Barring some miracle, Game of Thrones is the only thing that will bring us back.

I have made non-animal sacrifices to the appropriate gods.
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to tell you good luck. We're all counting on you.
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Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
On Ides, Kalends, and Nones.
The first day of the month is kalends or Kalendae in Latin, from which we derived the word Calendar and was the day of the New Moon. The Half Moon was called the nones or nonae. And the Full Moon day was the Ides or Idus.
The Romans kept an 8-day week, and the nundinae were the market days that fell on the 8th day. Because of the Roman system of inclusive counting, they came every nine days. From the nones to the ides, there was exactly one market week. From the ides to the end of the month (except in February), there were exactly two market weeks; hence the mnemonic:

"March, May, July, October,
These are they,
Make nones the seventh,
Ides the fifteenth day."

Over time, rather than the phases of the moon, the Ides became the 15th or the middle of a 30 day month. The Nones have disappeared along with the 8 day market week of the Romans.
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
I will lose all faith in HBO if they don't pick this up. I hate to compare, I keep seeing that Legend of the Seeker show on and all I can think about is how much better your books were than those, and how much better A Game of Thrones would be than that. If there's any justice in this world, the pilot will go through and we shall all happy dance together!
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
There will be a happy dance.
A worldwide geeky happy dance. Because this will pan out. I've decided and thus it shall be. What shall we dance to? I suggest The Bear and the Maiden Fair.

George, I love the fact that you're anxious just like us regular mortals (and no, I'm not implying you're an Other or anything :) ).
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