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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. 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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