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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. 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.
Dec. 5th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
Re: Ok, but
i disagree. especially deadwood was very far away from realism or good actors. rome... the hardest what happended was the whipping scene, which was even for my standards very hard, but the rest was not as harsh as it really was in roman times. and even band of brothers was softened for the greater good. and compared to the graphic an medival realism(or drasticism xD) of some of georges scenes i am (rather convinced that loads of scenes won't make it into the series. i am speaking mainly of cersei and her brother, the end of one of starks sons, various acts of sexual abuse and so on. under normal circumstances i wouldn't mind loosing somme of the ghastly scenes, which in my mind look like livin' hell on earth, but they carry important parts of the story. To put my concerns simple:a good script/ story does not guarantee that director and producers will tag along for the fans or the right feel.
in the end they will compromise, but the question remains: will those compromises be acceptable, or will they mutilate the story in order to make it mass compatible?
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Great news, but...
This is the best news I've heard in a while, but something inside of me is feeling a slight hint of fear.

HBO is great. But will they see the series out to the end? I am sure then even having one or two seasons is awesome in itself and just getting to see GRRM vision on screen for even perhaps just one episode is something not to complain about.

But what if the show is such a success that they pick it up for all seven seasons? This is where the fear kicks in. Nothing against you George, but your pace is quite slow. This is ok, and I dont really have a problem with it. I've been acquainting myself with Robin Hobb and even Ann Rice for the first time. The reality of life is that book 5 is slow coming to fruition and I can live with that. :)

But what happens if the series is a success and they catch up? All the "kids" will grow up and it will spell calamity I fear!

Garr! Gerr! BLarg! Anyway, this news is wonderful!
Nov. 26th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
AMAZING! Here is to the pilot kicking SERIOUS ASS! *fingers Crossed*
Nov. 29th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
we want Cugel!
Now that you're friendly with HBO, get them to read Vance's Cugel books. Cugel on HBO...that would be glorious.
Nov. 29th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
it would be better if you made a movie first to get the word out and a series could ruin the book. a movie would be great and it would show people ur book and more people would buy it. If it is good enough make another movie if not then go along with the series.
i think its a good idea to make a series but a movie seems so much better.
Nov. 30th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
so awesome. so excited for this!
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
your hbo series...
dear grrm,

please please please
i think it is more important to stay true to the characters then to the plot, but if it is in your authority, please have hbo to stay somewhat close to the plot. "the legend of the seeker" is soooooo off the plot, it looks more like "xena" and "hercules" and less like "the sword of truth's" series. i don't want jon going north to hunt zombies on the way to the wall and to have dragons flying overhead as if they were common. the seeker tv series is sooo twisted 'round that the mud people will end up going surfing and practicing vegetarianism.
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Amazing, and well deserved!
I'm speechless. I think about this going to HBO at least once a month and to hear they are asking for a pilot is just incredible.

I wish this project the absolute best, and if there's anything we as fans can do to make sure this gets pushed through please let us know.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
I'd pre-order the DVD set if I could
...especially if it would help ensure the production sees daylight. Like what was done with "Heart Of The Beholder," a film which raised $150,000 from individual fans (like me) in advance just to make sure the production completed.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Congrats, it is well deserved
No fiction has ever captured my imagination like Ice and Fire. I love the recognition that will come from bringing it to life in film, but I also loathe the idea of taking all of the scenes, characters and lives that reside in my minds eye and inescapably having to compare them to what is on the screen. I may not be able to watch.
Dec. 5th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
I sure hope that hbo does a reasonably good job. I would hate to see the one and only innovative story of the last ten years, getting ruined by a cr...y director. But since I am an optimist..., GRATULATIONS even if i am late =) Gruselsack
Dec. 6th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
very glad to hear the news
one day I couldn't even think there would be ASOIAF and TWOT tv-series, but now I don't know what to say
in any case I hope HBO will prove their capability to make a qualitative product

I wish Jordan's books had got HBO production too, but that would be too incredibly

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