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May Day

It's May, it's May, hurray.

What's more, I actually met a deadline. I turned in the first draft of my script for episode eight of A GAME OF THRONES to David and Dan on the day it was due. Today, as it happens.

It's too long and too expensive, but that's true of every first draft teleplay and screenplay that I ever wrote. I've titled it "The Pointy End," though I don't know if that will endure. Last I heard, it hadn't been decided whether we'd be using episode titles or not.

One monkey off my back. At least until it's time for rewrites, and the second draft.

Other monkeys are still frolicking up there, including Kong. He was a king in his world, but we'll teach him fear...

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aghrivaine
May. 1st, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
It's long since past due that there was significant monkey-related news, so that at least is cause to celebrate!
justynv
May. 1st, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
King Kong
Well, good job on the draft, George. I seriously can not wait for the series. Just in time with Lost wrapping. I am absolutely buying HBO and telling them I do so for Game. That would be killer if it went all 7(?) seasons.

Who knows, even if it doesn't, I would think there's a good chance another station might nab it and finish it- maybe showtime or something? A guy can hope, right?

And tame that damn, dirty ape already!!!
latriplette
May. 1st, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
after a while..
There is a very nice song by the indi/garage group "The Kills" called "MOnkey 23", part of their first album "Keep on your mean side" which nicely talks about having monkeys on on's back.. Nice to be able to get rid of at least one of them..
I really enjoyed your interview at DragonPage; I actually agree with what you say about impatience being at lest in part age related. I am of the internet, "on.demand", "entitlement" generation: in fact, I actually was an impatiant and angry fan of you who on this very blog of yours called for an uprisal of mountains and seas..
But I believe that there is a way, in aging, in life (I hate how rethorical all of this sounds, but, this is it..) in which we are called back to our matterly world, where, if fortunate, we learn to understand how the core, the "heart of every thing", to use Natsume Soseki's words, lays not in the intent, not in a demand, not in the pure will. Is more of an acquired taste, which has to be assumed, and consumed, and waited for. Because it is the only way anything would worth something..
Then, nothing but thanks; I really hope you succeed in being rememvered for an outstanding, if not perfect, work. In my eyes you already have..
escarboucle
May. 1st, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Woah, what, you met a deadline? Awesome XD Honestly, I don't know if I could ever do that XD

As for your screenplay, isn't it natural that it'd be too long and too expensive? I mean, it's natural to get excited over this, right?

Anyway, good news are good! I can't wait to see this on screen. Episode 8, if I remember right, uh? XD Still a long way to go before I can finally watch it~~
aulus_poliutos
May. 1st, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing the script monkey.

Kong - that's a nice image. Maybe Dany can tweak its fur a bit. (I've started to call mine Cthulhu because of all those plot tentacles.) :)
mizkit
May. 1st, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Bahahaha. "The Pointy End". *is dying for this show* :)
surgeonufo
May. 1st, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I don't know whether or not this has been addressed already, but will there be as much "creative license" taken with Song as there's been with Legend of the Seeker -- as in, an almost completely unrecognizable plot, mutilating the characters, etc. I understand some stuff has to end up getting dropped, but will there be unnecessary additions, also?
grrm
May. 1st, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
So far the only character added who was not in the books is Ros, the Red-Headed Whore, who has a scene with Tyrion in the pilot.

I gather she may be back in later episodes as well.

But hey, I liked Ros, the Red-Headed Whore. Especially after I met Esme Bianco, who plays her.

Maybe I'll add her to the books...
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xraytheenforcer
May. 1st, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
congratulations on the anti-monkey brigade.
midnight_birth
May. 1st, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Good for you! :D Meeting dead-lines is so satisfying, isn't it? (I know it is for me, since I do it rarely.) Can't wait for the show!!
jerec84
May. 1st, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
I really hope that episode title sticks.
nerdcorehiphop
May. 1st, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
<3 good puns.
not_yer_bitch
May. 1st, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
hoooooorrray!!!! go go GRRM!!! ^_^
I too am happy to hear that you are making progress!!! XD

I and my kids will make some chili con queso to celebrate!!! btw, do you have Parris' recipe for us to use? We rather want that!! ^_^ (thanks phipps!!!!) ^_^
werthead
May. 1st, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Is it really too long and too expensive, or is that 20-year-old CBS notes coming back to haunt you?

Good news, and let's hope to have that monkey biplaned off the Empire State soon :-)
grrm
May. 2nd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Since an hour long show on HBO can actually run an hour, instead of 46 minutes as on the CBS shows I worked on in the 80s and 90s, the draft is only a little long.

It probably is too expensive, though. Too many characters, too many settings, too many SFX shots. What meathead wrote this novel, anyway?
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lt111
May. 1st, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
KONG
On the day that Kong is fully humbled, you should treat yourself to chilled monkey brains and a banana!
bug_totem
May. 1st, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Let the God give you strength. And speed :)
tehseal
May. 2nd, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
And hope that the God of Many Faces doesn't decide he needs another... donation. :(
dscotton
May. 1st, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I like having episode titles - they make it easier to discuss the show with other die hard fans. If someone knows what I'm talking about when I mention "Chain of Command" or "Surprise / Innocence" then I know we have some common ground. :)
vandor
May. 2nd, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Meh
Episode titles are great for the diehard fanboys, but sometimes it actually makes it harder for diehard fans to communicate with fans who aren't as interested.

For example I'm a huge Band of Brothers fan so I'll make a reference the episode "Bastogne" and I'll get a blank face and have to be like "...the snow episode... about the medic"

Either way, we can always be nerds and call this episode by that title no matter what they finally call it if anything at all.
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