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News from HBO

I have some exciting news to share.

(But please, guys and gals, don't get TOO excited. This is what it is, and so far that's all it is, so don't make any assumptions).

HBO has just exercised its option, and purchased the television rights to A GAME OF THRONES.

For those of you who don't know Hollywood, an option gives a production company the right to buy a property (a book, a screenplay, whatever) at a certain agreed-upon price for a certain period of time (a year, six months, whatever). When that time runs out, they can let the option lapse, renew the option, or exercise the option and buy the property. The last is what HBO has just done.

What they have NOT done is greenlight the project. A GAME OF THRONES remains in development. They're still budgeting, still looking at locations (Spain and the Czech Republic at present, I hear). No decision has been reached, so any celebration would be premature. In Hollywood it is always best not to assume something is going to happen until it actually happens.

Even so... this is a very encouraging sign, and one that suggests a continued high level of enthusiasm and commitment for A GAME OF THRONES at HBO.

So keep your fingers crossed.

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commissarred
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Reason enough to celebrate for me!
abbreviatedman
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
First comment?
Hells yeah. HBO is the only company I'd trust to do it right.

Did anyone watch The Comeback? Was I the only person who loved it?


-Ari
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shminky
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Too late. Too excited!!!
smashtestdummy
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Very awesome!
maryling
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
It's another step in the process and definitely a good sign.

In other news, my Dany figurine arrived from Valyrian Steel and I can't wait to open her up!
b_a_n_d_i_t
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Awesome news!!!
froda_baggins
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Nothing wrong with being optimistic!
yagathai
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I will sacrifice a chicken to propitiate the television gods.
misunderstruck
Sep. 10th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Will you then brew mezcal with that chicken?
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douglascohen
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Excellent! Thanks for sharing!
alexds1
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Thats fucking awesome <3 <3
madbard
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Premature celebration!
ender839
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
*crosses fingers*
labyrinthman
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Well, I'll keep the tentacles crossed on this one, and leave it at that.
trashbag_helmet
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
YAY!
Also, I know it's been HBO for a while...but thank goodness its not Fox!

MY fingers are crossed :) :)

YAY!
warwolves
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
my very first thought. FIREFLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
pica_scribit
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I am still undecided how I feel about this project. I've seen television (other than the Beeb) and movies make mincemeat of many of my most beloved books. But if this gets made, I will watch it, and will more than likely buy it if/when it appears of DVD. Aside from all that, I'm very pleased to hear your work is getting the recognition it deserves. I wish you well in this, and hope the writing on DANCE is going well.
urnesha
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
This has nothing to do with your comment. I just had to say that I LOVE your icon! :)
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locopuff
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Cooooooooooool!
blindhurt
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
I hope it goes smooth as silk.

You deserve it. :)
nestdweller
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Good news, George. Just make sure you get final veto rights so they don't go and make the plot skip the tracks so badly that you can see the skid marks. 'Dem shifty televisionators!
glass_symbol
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Yes! Congrats! We'll hope it happens sooner rather than later.
yunaleska
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
This is awesome news! I hope it all works out, and those of us who are completely in love with your series can watch it done by the masters! After watching Deadwood, Rome, and Carvinale, I only have praise for "costume" dramas done by HBO.
neurona_muerta
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I really hope they choose to go on with the project!!! *keeps her fingers crossed too*

baracilla
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
This certainly brightened my evening!
aghrivaine
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Still too soon to send them a script?
evilphish
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Who Else Could Do it Justice?
Carnivale, Rome, Deadwood and aSoIaF all have something in common...

At least this time HBO will have a legitimate reason for leaving a series unfinished. Then again, they're obviously used to the 'prima-donna approach' of an author not giving one whit about the timely production of his work.

This situation DOES beg the question of what WILL the response be when asked about the status of aDwD by someone who's invested millions into a property and the response is 'well y'see, football season and DragonCon and off to Europe look at these dolls!'.
trillian4210
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: Who Else Could Do it Justice?
Oh, shush. You're being rude.
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trillian4210
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Just the mere thought of ASOIAF on HBO makes me giddy. *thinks happy thoughts and green lights*
evilphish
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Admittedly it makes me happy too, the problem is, it's not quite happy enough to overcome the frustration with GRRM's total lack of commitment to finishing the series.

I realize that someone's going to attempt to have the same argument with me as last time, but for God's sake, at least he could PRETEND that he's actually trying to finish it.

Maybe he'll care enough about his relationship with HBO that it'll provide him a bit of incentive to finish it up, because he damned sure doesn't care about his creation itself.

So, in short, 'grats GRRM, I guess?
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