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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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cliffius
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
asdfkjhadslkgfjhasdlkfbvlsdakjlf!!!!!
apocalyptically
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
This MADE MY DAY.
valarmorgulis
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!
What a wonderful way to end this day! I am sooooo excited about the series and can't wait to find out about casting.

GRRM, you are the best writer EVER! Since I discovered your work, my literary standards have skyrocketed. Can't wait for the next book to come out.
sudyn
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Congrats and yay you!
I read several interviews between you and others when it came to turning ASOIAF into a movie or series, and it was always said the series was too complex, etc. I'm very happy for you... and for me, too. =D
I can't wait to see how things develope... And I can't wait to see Sandor Clegane on a screen. *squeeeeeeees*

Anyway. I hope things work out well for you, and I hope that you get lots and lots of cash out of this project! You deserve it. ;)
raggedrebel
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
George... Mr. Martin, what can I say? Nothing. This has led me speachless. My mind turns, but nothing comes forth. I am estatic for you, this must be a happy day in your household, I'm sure.

P.S... Rest easy about the ratings my friend. I come from a very large catholic family. Lets just say they WILL watch the show and like it, if I have to threaten them with visits to make it so.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
hbo ice and fire
i must say i've only been a fan for about 4 years (when a friend introduced me to your works), i must say all the best to you and congratulations on the hbo deal, wether hbo can live up to the standards of the books (i have read many books and none have come even close to you) is to be seen but i'll look forward to seeing it nearly as much as i'll look forward to the next book.

Your writing changed my whole expections of any book i ever read, i must thank you for many hours of good reading(and sleepless nights, (just one more chapter....lol)).

kieran.
daenerys_sworn
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
Only one thing to say...
Hodor!!!!
phubbadaman
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Only one thing to say...
haha
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Absolutely Beautiful !!!
The title sums it up. HBO has done wonderful work with Deadwood and Rome, and I can't properly express how much I will look forward to the Song of Ice and Fire adaptation.

Kudos!

Here's hoping the backend deal doesn't keep everybody too fat and happy for further novels... Yes I'm already griping for novel number eight!
thebadlady
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Congrats George!! Awesomely exciting news indeed. :D
evamagick
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
I feel silly adding to the plethora of comments, but I literally have not stopped smiling all day after this news! This is incredible! I'm so glad you waited and got the perfect network to produce this show!

I wanna be Catelyn. Only because I don't look like Dany and I'm too old to be Arya.

God, I can't wait! Squee!!!!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
HBO is the only format that can pull this off.
I've been saying this since I turned the last page on Game of Thrones. I just can't belieive it's actually happening.

I've never been more excited for a movie/television series. The series can never live up to the books, but even if they come close, it will still be better than anything else ever made.

At any rate, HBO just found a way to keep my business.

Good luck George, and CONGRATULATIONS! :)

(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
WOO Friggin' T
Hey George,

I have been reading your A Song of Ice and Fire and the Hedge Knight comics ever since I got into reenacting - 5 or so years ago - and every single page has been a vivid recreation in my mind. Although, I always wondered how it was that you pictured these scenes yourself. I have to say that I haven't been so excited about a series starting in my entire life!! If not for your works, I doubt I would be the avid reader of literature and fantasy that I am today. I greatly look forward to watching the series, just as I always wait in wonderment of what tails and glories your next book will bring, I can only imagine.

Cheers and Congratulations!

David Huber
KCMO
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
The. best. news. of. the. century
I FREAKED OUT when I read this!!! This is the best thing I've heard in a long time, and it almost makes up for the disappointment that 'Dance' isn't finished yet! I'm so, so, happy for you, George! You're my favorite author, my idol, I'm crazy about your books, and not just Ice and Fire. You deserve this - Ice and Fire is insanely, ridiculously brilliant, and I'm only surprised that this hasn't happened before. Anyway, I'm going to buy a TV definitely now (haven't bothered since I came to college because I hardly watch TV - well, THAT'S about to change), and I hope this airs by 2008. Congratulations!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
DVD - Special Edition
I imagine this comment will be lost in the thread there, but the plain and obvious thing to do to make this series succeed on a financial basis is to ensure that the DVD sales on a per season basis are exceedingly brisk for an HBO release.

The surest way to ensure that is to add about 8-10 mins of footage per episode to the DVD version of the season...

That would ensure an additional 90-120 mins plus per season on the DVD Special Edition.

That, in turn, assuming the production values are up to snuff on the series as a whole is worthy, will ensure that HBO sees a good return on their investment. That makes the series last to the end, allows production values to increase and allows for more faithful coverage of certain aspects of the books, too, which might be seen as too adult or too cerebral for broadcast television.

In short - Peter Jackson pointed the way with the Extended Edition LotR DVD releases. Follow that path. Do it well and everybody wins.

Do it not....and we might all be sad people when Game of Thrones or Clash of Kings goes the way of Season 2 of Rome.
douglascohen
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
Congrats! Can't wait to see it!
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