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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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bleakharvest
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
Congratulations, George!

My friends and I are all very excited about the possibilities that HBO will bring to the table. My subscription ends in about 6 months, but now I suppose I'll have to renew it. Congratulations again...





... brian blessed as Robert. There, I had my fanboy moment.
maskedconfessor
Jan. 18th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
Congratulations.
I hope this is a good thing. HBO make good quality television so there's a good chance it will be decent, but A Song of Ice and Fire deserves better than decent. On-screen adaptations of books that I like have been, almost with exception, disappointing.
Congratulations on the deal anyhow. If nothing else, I'm sure this will give you and your books more exposure.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Great ! from toon_fr
Fantastic news, i'd like to be part of the final casting. write me at toon_fr@yahoo.com, any role accepted
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Nice, but...What will it mean for the last 2 books ? Will you have to delay them to work on the serie ?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Delay? George should change his name to George P.P. Martin, for George Pottering & Procrastinating Martin.

babyraven
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
I am unbelievably psyched. And you're right... if anyone can do it right, it's HBO.

I just hope they don't mess with the story too much!

Congrats, George! :D
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I've never subscribed to HBO, but I will just to watch this. I've always wanted to see the books on screen, but they're far too large for a movie; I thought maybe a miniseries, but to hear an entire series will be made is so exciting! I hope they stick with it till the end and don't cancel, especially before A Storm of Swords, though I don't know if I'll be able to watch the Red Wedding. Wah. I get chills thinking about it.

Congratulations again! *sends good writing vibes*
cryduchat
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Damnit! I've managed almost 4 years without cable and now I have to go get HBO!
childdoll
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, my fiancee and I heard the news last night. We're so thrilled about this. For a while now we've been talking to each other about how amazing this series would be on HBO. Congrats!
cmorris
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
this is great news....

How will it end though? Will we have to wait until all the books are published? ^_^
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
HBO & FIRE
SIIICK!!!!
theswornsword
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
HBO
This is the greatest news in a loooooong time. But OK Ok lets calm down & not get too excited over this. Networks option new stuff all the time & only a fraction of it ever see's even a page of script never mind a camera lens.

Anyway, I may be getting waaaaay ahead of myself here but, if they are doing a book a season I wonder, if & when they get to seasons 4 & 5, will they be a blend of Feast & Dance, or will they stick to the order of book release.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: HBO
You're assuming too much. Let's see if book 5 has been released by the time they're ready to film seasons 4-5...
lonewolf721
Jan. 18th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Bravo
Great chance to pass along the story for generations to come and yes I agree it's the best format to do this. The only thing I hope is that you do have final say for casting because it will make or break it.
James
monocleostrich
Jan. 18th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Completely awesome, Mr. Martin! Congratulations. I'm so excited. I'm going to try to get my husband hooked on ASOIAF before the show airs.

I know it's too soon to think about casting, and you will have no control over it, but I'm sending juju vibes out into the universe for the HBO guys to cast Jeremy Irons as Littlefinger. I mean, COME ON!
flopping_donnie
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
this is good news


hmmmm
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to pre-order the Blu-Ray Extended DVD for all seven seasons, sight unseen, right now!
Would that help prevent mid-stream cancellation at all? Prepaid subscription to specific shows of quality is the model of the future, and the only way to prevent the tragic disappointment of premature cancellation, so why wait? (And it worked great for a movie called Heart of the Beholder, which was produced via DVD presales and small loans from thousands of individuals who believed in the project.)

In any case, congrats, and I cannot wait!!! I will have to go out and buy a huge HDTV before the series comes out! Thank you, HBO, and thank you, George! See you at Boskone!

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