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HBO Options A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE

Yes, it's true.

Yes, this is the Big News that I have been hinting at.

No, the Big News was not the pizza crawl, or the delivery of the new WILD CARDS book, though of course I'm excited about those as well.

VARIETY broke the story this morning. Instead of rehashing what they said, let me just point all of you toward:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117957532.html?categoryid=14&cs=1

I've already gotten close to a hundred emails this morning, just off the VARIETY article. I expect that number will have swollen to several hundred before the day is out. I appreciate all the good wishes and congratulations, but I am NOT going to be able to respond to all of you individually.

I will be making my own announcement on my news page, of course, and that may answer some of your questions, but I haven't actually written it yet, so please be patient.

I appreciate all the casting suggestions too, but guys, you're getting way way WAY ahead of yourselves. Developing a television series is a long and time-consuming process, and we're just getting started here. We only closed the deal a couple of days ago.

I will do my best to keep everyone informed as the project progresses, but this is not something you will be telling TIVO to record next week.

This might be a great time to subscribe to HBO, however. Regardless of what happens with A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, HBO still has the best shows on television, shows like DEADWOOD, THE WIRE, and THE SOPRANOS that stand head and shoulders above anything on the networks. The second season of ROME just started last Sunday, and it's fabulous; the look of it, the writing, the directing, the acting, all of it is first rate. That's why I have been saying for years that HBO was the perfect place for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Congrats!!
This will truely be an amazing chance to bring your incredible saga to the screen in the best way it deserves... way to make sure that it went down the way you had always wanted. Can't wait!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
In the immortal words of Austin Powers...Yeah baby!
In the immortal words of Austin Powers...Yeah baby!
Re: Congrats!! - 7wrc - May. 2nd, 2007 03:40 am (UTC) - Expand
anthonyborell
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm Jewish but this is the best Christmas present ever.
anthonyborell
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not really Jewish :(
hippoiathanatoi
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of questions, certainly, and a _lot_ of excitement. Definitely amazing news. :)
kottr
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
This is just fabulous news. Thank you for organizing this, I can't wait to see your impressive series come to HBO! Cheers.
ice_elf
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh wow!

Is there going to be any chance of it coming over to England?
matgb
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
That is not the question to ask. The correct question is "can we make sure the channel that buys the rights understands not to cut it to damn ribbons and broadcast it in a kids slot".

Sorry. Will calm down now. If it's a success, we'll get it. It'll be a success. We'll get it.
(no subject) - monocleostrich - Jan. 18th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
noctolator
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
I am glad you will be involved in the writing...
aqui
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Same here.
louistullyskey
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
I think I just died a little. That is the best news I have ever heard. Now how do you keep them from ruining it like Fantastic Four?
wyldemusick
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
You keep Tim Story far away from it.

Along with Jon Peters, Michael Bay, and, oh, about 152,000 other idiots.
lacyintx
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Congrats! This is very exciting. My Tivo will be waiting patiently.
(no subject) - amandaqixy - Jun. 1st, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
sailormom
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
It's very exciting! It's been all over teh webz today. One more thing for us to wait for! Don't let 'em screw it up!;)

Maybe it will inspire more of the writings??? :)
laurenice
May. 6th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
+1
You are right.
blackbuttoneyes
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited! Ice and Fire belongs amongst Deadwood and Rome. It will be my triumvirate of favorite shows, I imagine.
scalzi
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Neat! Congratulations! Long form is definitely the way to go with these.
pigeonoverlord
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
I am beyond ecstatic!

:D

This rocks!
noahismyidol
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
I agree! This is awesome!


Hi :)
anricat
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I was so excited when I heard the news. I thought, "If anyone can do this well, it's HBO." Bravo and congratulations! :)
escarboucle
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I saw that this afternoon, and I couldn't believe what my eyes were saying: HBO, and A Song of Ice and Fire? Oh, gosh. It's been a long time since I was so excited about a show [not entirely true though: I was very excited with the two episodes show of the Hogfather, but that's it: it was only for two episodes, even if it was GREAT].
HBO is known for the quality of its series. So I have great hopes for a Son of Ice and Fire. I'm pretty sure though that they may have a hard time with some scenes [Arya killing at 9, Dany getting married at 12, etc]. We'll see how they pull that out :)
I can't suscribe to HBO, but I'll be looking towards the serie when it'll come to France [I'm sure it will: it has to; or else, I'll have to pay loads to see the serie in DVD lol].

~Syn
chgriffen
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure though that they may have a hard time with some scenes

Have you seen Deadwood and Rome? Those should put your worries at rest. :)
children killing people... - (Anonymous) - Jan. 30th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: children killing people... - (Anonymous) - Feb. 4th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: children killing adults - (Anonymous) - Feb. 4th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC) - Expand
djdonegal
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to wait a little while longer for a television adaptation. Firstly it gives me time to brush up on my acting skills ;) Secondly waiting is better than expecting nothing coming at all. Congrats on the big deal!!

DJ
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