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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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thudthwacker
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
You're going to get possibly a thousand of these, but:

YES! Awesome news! Congratulations!
metzhead
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
congrats. as has been said, maybe I need to get HBO again. No more Sopranos, no more Wire, and no more Rome, it hasn't been worth it to keep the channel.
macpj
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, I can't wait.
odiedragon
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Congrats George! I hope everything goes as well as can be hoped. :D
lacyintx
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news! Congrats!!!
valadil
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I'm almost looking forward to this as much as book 5.

Any chance you can get Ann Coulter to play Cersei? You know she's perfect for it.
canadianfan
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
OMG!!
This is sooo exciting...especially since us Canadian Digital Cable Subscribers now have HBO Canada on the docket :o)

Between this and the new book next year...I will be a very happy girl!
bear6360
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG!!
Do you know this for a fact about the release, or are you just guessing?
Re: OMG!! - canadianfan - Nov. 12th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
bear6360
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yay!
I'm excited to see a series! I hope it doesn't ruin the image of all the characters in scenes I have created in my head from the books, though. Either way, I'm excited!

I guess you (GRRM) need to get crackin' on the rest of the series so they have plenty of material!

If it's a hit, maybe they can make a series from the "Hedge Knight" books!
doza13
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Wow!!!
I have very excited about the green light, but I am even more excited about the loyalty to the script. I know there will be changes, but honestly Goodkind's series has scared me. And yes I know he basically gave the writers full control. Frankly if I wanted a new story I would have bought the book. :)
beldarius
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Best news of the whole week. I really hope they'll end up filming it all...
sumik
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo!
I will totally subscribe to HBO for this.
indigofan
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
HOORAY!! That is so very exciting! I look forward to hearing more news. :) Oh, and Congrats! Way to get something good put on the TV!
faeren
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
wha hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bloodypoetry
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Zomg. "Winter is coming to HBO." should NOT send shivers down my spine.


...I cannot wait.
jarathen
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Praise the Seven!
I'll always love the books more, I'm sure, but I'd love to hook more people into ASOIAF, and then your other works, with a series based on such rich content. I hope the pilot does well!
pghkitten
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful! Congratulations!
cygmund
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Halle-
-freaking-luia
trillian4210
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
W00t!
YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!

That is SO awesome! Congrats!!
woodbyrne
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
If anyone can do the books justice, it is HBO. I get worried though since HBO has a tendency to pull shows for no reason or just stop production for years on end. They are very flakey. Carnivale comes to mind for me. Loved that show.

I guess I will fork over the money to get HBO again. Or wait until the full season DVD release in BluRay. Congrats!!!!!
idemandjustice
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
They did pretty well with Six Feet Under, though, didn't they? I get it from Netflix, so maybe something went on that I'm unaware of.
idemandjustice
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
We have HBO now because it was part of a package and free for a year. Assuming this works out (and I have a good feeling), I guess I'll have to renew it after it runs out and start paying for it. :)
cronos619
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Warning
I have just received an official verbal repremand for inappropriate behavior, for shouting and doing a happy dance in my cubicle
jonmolina
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
I WON'T GET ANY SLEEP UNTIL I SEE THIS THING-EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT?
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ie9098baec9eb95cdf64383a225032180?imw=Y

When I read this on the Hollywood reporter, I rushed here to confirm and all I can say is: "Winter Is Coming!" Oh the joy, the pure, unadulterated joy!
Thanks GRRM, for creating one of the most beautifully written fantasy tales of ALL time.
bashkim
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
SOI&F pilot
I hope the story does not get dumbed down the way they did with Wizards First Rule (a totaly inferior book to GoT) and with DUNE - the series.
I also hope you can keep the producers on a tight leash about this, given your expirience with TV.

With love, respect and admiration,
your number one fan in Macedonia, since early eighties of the previous century,

Bashkim Ademi
kojak155
Jan. 14th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: SOI&F pilot
Bashkim its Kojak!!!!!!!! Been trying to find you for a couple years. Email me at
sfcrhrose@hotmail.com
pyrrhus_crowned
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I can't wait to see it!
thepdp
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Who's playing Jon?
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