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Huge, Huge News

HBO has given the production order.

They will be filming the pilot episode of A GAME OF THRONES.

It's just the pilot so far. They'll need to see that before they decide whether to proceed with a full season's episodes. So let's all hope the pilot will kick serious ass.

It should. David Benioff and Dan Weiss did a terrific job with the script. And yes, all of you can relax, it's very faithful. Dan and David will be the executive producers for the pilot and (we hope) the eventual series.

More details when I have 'em. The news is very fresh. HBO just issued their own press release, which should be up on their website soon, if it's not there already.

Winter is coming to HBO. Hot damn.


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Nov. 14th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
This is so exciting. I'll be crossing my fingers and eagerly hoping that it gets picked up for a full series!
Nov. 14th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
My thought
Given that the pilot can only cover a chapter or two, I really think that 2 things need to happen. First, a very strong female character has to be cast for Dany. She needs to be able to capture sympathy for her forced marriage but also respect for her courage.

Secondly, I think that if the pilot ends with "The things I do for love" the studio heads will have my exact reaction of "oh shit, this isn't your ordinary story! George isn't fucking around!"

Given that there will probably be pilots from a dozen shows and only 1 or 2 making the cut, I really hope that attention is paid to the parts of the beginning story that captivated most readers.

Bran falling
Discovery of the wolves
Dany's marriage
Coolness of the King coming to visit

Hope this is done well and isn't going to follow the likes of Earthsea or The Seeker. *shudder*
Nov. 14th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: My thought
Apparently there are 10 pilots and HBO will approve 6 of them for a full season order, so even on the law of averages ASoIaF has a good shot at going to series, especially given the BBC will be contributing to the budget as well.
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
if this becomes a series, i'll get HBO just to watch it!!!

this is the best xmas gift ever, thank you george, and congrats. :)

i swear i'm naming my next kid after one of your characters. tolkien's character got the first one!
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
All your fans are so excited about this news!!!!!!
It's great!

Now i'm so curious about the cast of the series!

Nov. 14th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Adding to the Chorus

...I don't have cable.


I think my friend-who-lives-with-his-parents-who-do-have-cable may be arrangeing a weekly tv night...

fingers crossed for you, Mr. George!
Nov. 14th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I shouldn't read news like this while at work. It's hard to hold back my fangirl squeal of joy.
Nov. 14th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Great news! Hopefully this helps offset that break-in incident.
Nov. 14th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your celluloid baby! What a great accomplishment. After all those years of your genius being overlooked by the great unwashed masses, you're stories are about to become as beloved to the rest of the world as they are to us long time FANaticS. It's hard to imagine that it won't become an instant classic.

L8r... John
Nov. 15th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
If this is picked up I guarantee HBO will gain at least one new customer. :)
Nov. 15th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)

So excited... xD
Nov. 15th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
*dancing around in joy* I can't wait! Hope the series comes out soon. Congratulations! This is really great news! ^_^
Nov. 15th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Well I'll be.
This is fantastic news. Can't wait.
Nov. 15th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
that is good news. now you'll actually have to finish your books.

I see a contract nightmare that law students will study for years if production catches up with your books and you don't deliver.

Nov. 15th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)

Marvellous!!! Amazing.... awsome.....
Nov. 16th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
That's great news! Almost makes me regret dropping cable, but then, there's always the dvd to look forward to.
Nov. 16th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Congrats!!! Here's hoping that the pilot rips!!! I'm a huge fan of HBO's True Blood, Rome, & Deadwood just to name a few. I have no doubt that Season 1 - A Game of Thrones (ASOIAF) will become a staple to the HBO line-up...
Nov. 16th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)

Nov. 16th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah!!! Winter on HBO!!! Congratulations to you and anticipation for us! Yeee!
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Great news
I will be looking forward to this. HBO seems the perfect home.
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
I hadn't actually allowed myself to hope. I have to call everyone I know now.
Nov. 19th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Hey. I just thought of something. You're not going to start releasing your books with "Movie Poster" HBO covers are you? I hate that every time someone adapts a book for the small or big screen you can't find a copy of their book with a normal book cover.
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
tie-in editions
I think it's almost a certainty that if the HBO pilot goes to series, there will be new paperback editions of all the books released with tie-in covers featuring photographs of the actors. Sorry. That's just the way things works. My publisher is not going to pass up the chance to attract millions of new readers.

I would not expect the hardcovers to change, but you never know.
Re: tie-in editions - cabbageboylsmsa - Nov. 20th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: tie-in editions - jpashlock - Nov. 21st, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - hippoiathanatoi - Nov. 20th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 19th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
That truly is great news! Here's to hoping the pilot is a success (but if it's faithful to the book, how could it not be? :P) and the rest of the series gets produced too!
Nov. 20th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Televising Imagination
Equal parts nervousness and excitment. Time will tell.
Nov. 20th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the pilot! I really hope it goes through. =D
Nov. 20th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Ok, but
Hi from Italy,

You know, of course I'm really excited about this, but I can't avoid wondering how hard the Axe of Censorship will hit, and how badly that will influence the series. I'm sure there is no need to highlight the reasons, if you read any book of the saga.

It's just that I would love to see the best for this saga, and not somethig totally dumbed down when it comes to cuts, realism of costumes, acting and so on :(
Nov. 20th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Ok, but
If you've seen other HBO-produced original shows like The Sopranos, Deadwood, Rome, and Band of Brothers, I think you'll know that there's nothing at all to worry about regarding censoring lots of things like language, sex, and violence.

What seems sure to happen is that some of the younger characters will be made a bit older, according David Benioff and Dan Weiss, for several reasons. George has previously said that he would have added a couple of years to the ages of the characters if he could, but circumstances don't allow him to do that; but it's not an issue for the HBO production. Another reason would have to do with the very pragmatic issue that there are strict rules for the safety of child actors, including limits on how many hours they can work in a day, which would be awkward for a production if it has many minors in significant roles. And with somewhat older characters, certain mature scenes in the books may be able to play out on screen without any concerns.
Re: Ok, but - gruselsack - Dec. 5th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC) - Expand
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