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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...


May. 2nd, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I really don't think the "almost unrecognizable plot" thing is anything you need fear on this project.

The first season, at least, will hew quite close to the books, from what I have seen.

Admittedly, it will grow harder to remain faithful in later seasons, if the series is renewed. As the books progress and the original characters scatter, more and more secondary and tertiary characters become involved, more and more settings are seen, and the "butterfly effect" comes into play... whereas what seems like a small and innocous change in season one or two turns out to have major consequences in season five, when the minor character who was changed/ cut in season one is supposed to push to the fore and play a significant role.

No one is saying it will be easy. But the intent is there.

But hey, David and Dan knew the job was dangerous when they took it.
May. 3rd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I don't know if you have had a chance to see The Wire on HBO, but that show was masterful at handling an enormous cast of characters throughout the seasons. Main characters became minor characters, and vice versa. However, I don't know how they handled the contracts when filming each season.


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