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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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tortoises
Jan. 18th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
I hope we get this here! And also that what happened to Rome here doesn't happen to ASOIAF. Rome was pulled after a couple of episodes, then put back on late at night >_>
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
can't wait!
I think this is an amazing thing to happen! I didn't really think hbo would pick up the books but since they did that made my day that much better. I love the 2nd season of rome so far and hope they can put the exact same effort into the books adaptation.
lefox
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Yay!
Oh my -

That made my night.

I can't wait to see how this turns out, and how your story translates to the world of TV! Please keep us posted on how things are going, no matter how long it might take.
titakini
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)

*sigh* This be what finally makes me become an HBO subscriber. I've been a Showtime sorta gal. Weeds just makes me laugh so much! I'll watch with anticipation to see how this develops.
muyfloja
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Wow. Now I'll definitely be subscribing to HBO. I've been avoiding digital cable for a long time, though I've been tempted to get it for other HBO & Showtime shows, but this seals the deal. Congrats on the deal!
roshen107
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
I'll be keeping an eye on this project and wait and be all happy about it :D
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Tyrion
Ok, sorry, I know this is way too early, but the actor Danny Woodburn who played Mickey Abbot, Kramers friend on the series Seinfeld is the only actor I could ever see portraying Tyrion! Just keep that in mind! I'm so excited about this, I'm ordering up HBO this week!
cassandraleo
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
This news makes me nerdgasm. Congrats an' shit; you certainly deserve it.
jinnigan
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
May I request that, if you must film battles, that there will be more involved than "Front lines-CHARGE!"?

This is something that bothers me an unreasonable amount in movies - see Troy, Alexander (ugh), or Chronicles of Narnia.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
In the books, none of the big battles are really described as "Front Lines-CHARGE!" so it shouldn't be a problem to avoid that on the screen
arya
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Whose head do I have to bash in with an axe, to audition for Asha Greyjoy? :)
nakarian
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
Good lord... I'm.... incredulous... I am so glad for you, and ASoIaF fans... Man, this is amazing!
ikorose_shinsou
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
I've been waiting for this.
It won't hurt to wait a little longer :D

Hope the production process goes smoothly!
ravenstromdans
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Would it be totally undignified to do a little happy dance now?
lord_daffodil
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Undignified? Yes
Unjustified? Hell, NO
lord_daffodil
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG This is fucking amazing!
I hear you're going to be a scriptwriter for your own show, so I have a lot of faith in the final product.
I'm very ecstatic right now... let's hope ASOIAF can really translate to the screen, what with, you know, a large part of the books' meat being the interior monologues....
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
S-W-E-ET. I can't help but be tempted to throw in suggestions for the case too. But I'll refrain and just be happy that HBO picked it up (meaning it not be a watery version of the series). Congrats!
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