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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.


Sep. 10th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: Who Else Could Do it Justice?
How do you know? You havent read it yet.. none of us have. That's the entire point. The thing his fans want the most is the one thing he wont work on.

I couldnt care less about board games or miniatures or tv series or comicons or writing other series or releasing old material in new books for cash grabs or any of that. ASOIAF has been his bread and butter and he's rubbing our faces in it.

I realize that an author's creative works are his intellectual property to do or not do with what he or she chooses. However, at some point, fans need some sustenance or they start to get really turned off.

I for one am tired of it.
Sep. 10th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
Werthead certainly knows more about it than you appear to.

I for one am tired of it.

May I suggest you go away and read something else and forget about ASOIAF then, if you are so bothered by the author's inability to organise their life to please you personally?
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Who Else Could Do it Justice?
How do you know what I have or haven't read?

For your information, I have heard read or read reports of chapters written by GRRM before he chose to rewrite ADWD, and those same chapters after he rewrote them. The rewritten chapters - the ones that caused this huge delay - are, without fail, stronger, better-paced, more strongly characterised and contain more incident or thematic development than the prior versions. The new version of the prologue to A Dance with Dragons is the best intro that any of the books have had, and I consider the first three prologues to be very strong (and the fourth was pretty good, just not on the same level) indeed.

It is also an act of your own violition to come here and read GRRM's blog. You choose to do it. He's not rubbing your face in anything. If the blog entry doesn't say, "ADWD IS FINISHED!" then you have the freedom to ignore it.
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Who Else Could Do it Justice?
Did GRRM give you a special copy of Dance for your very own? How special!
Sep. 10th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Who Else Could Do it Justice?
Don't be facetious. They're there on the Westeros.org forum for anyone to see.
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Who Else Could Do it Justice?
In keeping with the spirit of this thread and this blog in general, I'll be whatever I like.
Sep. 14th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Re: Who Else Could Do it Justice?
And if ASOIAF is one of your most favorite book series, you also have a right to be frustrated when you have gotten your hopes up time and time and time and time again only to have them unrealized as of yet. Of course people are going to get frustrated.
Sep. 14th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Who Else Could Do it Justice?
Being frustrated is understandable. Being rude, wilfully ignorant and insulting and making horrendous jokes about people dying is not. It is a bizarre way to show appreciation to someone who has allegedly created something you value highly.

None of this is directed at yourself, but rather at some of the other people in this thread who have show themselves up as being utterly classless.


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