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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. 18th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
if there is such a thing as a georgegasm, I just had it.

lunaticvermin
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
WINTER IS COMING TO NZ!
(Hopefully) which means (oh please yes) that local acting types such as myself can audition (sweet god hear my prayer) for the main roles (like the third spear carrier from the left of the guy behind the horse of the nameless rider who's in frame with Eddard.)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
so... awesome
I'm so excited for this. Thank you so much for making this series.
parhelion_spark
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:55 am (UTC)
While this is exciting, the idea that any visually oriented format could do the series justice to me seems absurd.
Still, congratulations!
(and it better come out on DVD!! harrumph on subscriptions.)
pender_islander
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Oh the possibilities....
The potential of this project is limitless... I suppose it depends on what kind of commitment HBO wants to make. If done right, this could very well be the best thing ever to grace television. Just thinking about the opening scene in AGOT in which the direwolf pups are found in the snow - and Jon's noble gesture... in the hands of a skilled director this scene alone could captivate viewers in the very same manner it bewitched me so many years ago.

I am very happy for Mr. Martin...



kamapon
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:17 am (UTC)
GREAT news, really, I'm really looking forward to this! This is a great chance for make your great stories reach the *lazy* people who does not bother to read! I´m sure you'll do greatly!!
bojojoti
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Very exciting news.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
You're going to KILL someone with news like this! I'm only twenty, yet I felt like I was going to have a stroke!

Thank the heavens. I had a suspicion, but I'm just so happy that it's actually happening.

My only request is that you demand Christopher Walken in a role. Any role.
drprozac
Jan. 18th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
Great news!
That is really great news. A shame that variety could not copy/paste the title correctly.
A Song of Fire and Ice.... really...
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)
This is fantastic!!!!
kalam_mekhar
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
I know this is good for you
but personally I hope they dont do it. I have never once seen anything go onto tv format and come out even half as good as the books - the storyline always seems to get so screwed

ASOIAF = brilliant as it is
tessarin
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
Great news looking forward as more details arrive as this project moves along.

Wonder if a certain episode with a certain scene will need to carry a disclaimer to protect HBO against damages caused vs TV sets :-)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
Well done
Looking forward to watching this in 2010
Kibi
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
HBO Options A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
wow
my heart've beating fast since the news !
thank you mister Martin for doing this !

// for french men

roooo, les amis va falloir se bouger le popotin pour aider notre ami george à aller jusq'au bout !
eruner
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!
This is absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!Just the thought of it it's enough to make me absolutely crazy!!!It's just like when they told that LOTR was on his way to become a film!!!!Fantastic!!!Thank you, George; both for the books and the future TV series.Thanks, thanks a lot!!!!

Eruner
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