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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 07:29 pm (UTC)
It's not TV, it's HBO
I have to say that I am pretty fired up for this project George. Congrats. HBO does do a great job with their current shows and I am sure they will put the same effort forth for Song. Assuming they hold true to the stories for the most part, special effects will be the real key, especially when it comes to fantasy. Is Ray HarryHausen still around?

Anyway, having had pizza in both towns - New York and Chicago - Chicago thin is just as good or better than NY style, it is just cut differently. We do have both styles here, thin and deep, and we do both very well. They seem to use better meats in Chicago. Good luck with New Haven slices, I'm sure you will let us know the verdict.

Go Bears!

Chris
Chicago



(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
G Bears!!!
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Script
Congrats this is great but I'm curious are they going to let you write the script I know you have a background in TV and of course you wrote the books so put two & two together I think they should again great news can't wait for the dvds
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Great News!! Congrats
_j3551c4_
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Best news of 2007 so far. Thank you for sharing! I am SOOOOOO excited!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to see who you/they cast for John Snow, Cersi, Jamie...heck everyone.

=]
_j3551c4_
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
The most important part..

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are an amazing writer, with an amazing gift, and this is just another way for you to share this gift with the world.

Yey.

Thank you!
bigmont
Jan. 18th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Congrats
That is fantastic! I am totally wowwed!!!!!!!
unceremonious
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on this - it sounds like a lot of fun (but hard work, surely). On a side note, it's both agonizing and awesome to be reading this series while it's still in progress. Good stuff is worth waiting for, though. Take care!
marysuexgarystu
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
My friend gave me the news today, and I can say truthfully that it was one of the few things that kept me from bursting into tears during my Physics final. I've been running around making happy sounds for far too long now, and I don't think I'm going to stop any time soon. So much happiness!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome news!
Thank you George for putting this together. Avid fans as myself, are patient by nature, so I will wait excitedly for this to begin. Continue to write the best fantasy/sci-fi out there, you do it like no one else!
Much love,
Beth
Proud mother to a Daenerys
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
yes
this is freakin awesome go HBO and GRRM hellz yeah
dark_age_gal
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Congratulations! This is so fantastic!
hawaiigm
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
I'll go ahead and add my voice to the hundreds of those who have already said Congratulations. I will now cross my fingers and hope it gets done well. Far to many of my favorite books have been ruined by TV or Movies for me not to worry.
narfboy
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
YES!YES!YES!!!!!!!!!
Mr. Martin

I just read your post and I'm completely blown away with excitement!!!!

I've only recently discovered A Song of Ice and Fire and I've not been able to put the books down! I LOVE THESE BOOKS! I was telling a friend (the one who introduced me to your work) that wouldn't it be incredible if a series was made from them, not movies, but a tv series as that would allow for the full breath of detail from the books to come through.

And now I've gotten my wish!!!! this is just...wow!

I have high hopes for this one. I hope HBO does these stories and characters justice! I can only imagine how you are feeling about this and I hope that the project turns out just the way you want. con-grates! con-grates! con-grates!

I'd also like to add that I'm an aspiring writer and that your work inspired me to not only finish my novel but to send it off for consideration to be published.





denverofdenmark
Jan. 19th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
While I know HBO series' to be of excellent quality, any transition from one medium to another is bound to create problems.

Certainly this network is the best one to produce it, but even the best might still mess it up.

Grains of salt . . .
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
So happy.
George, I'm so damn happy to hear this news is true.
I simply cannot wait.

Yesterday I was jumping up and down like a mad-man because I was so damned excited.
jlbrown23
Jan. 19th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Is It Just Me?
I don't want to be a party pooper, but am I the only one here who thinks books are great and TV is mediocre to bad? I hate the fact that fans of books always treat them as if they should aspire to be TV/movies. It's like some sort of weird inferiority complex. As far as I can tell TV/movies are better for sports, comedy and semi-brainless explosionfests, but for the most part books are FAR superior for every other genre. There are of course occasional rare exceptions, but for the most part I think that artistically/intellectually speaking, TV/Movies only WISH they could be as good as books.

And I don't think that the two forms translate very well. People think that they're different forms of the same thing but to me they have about as much in common as fish and bicycles, which is one of the reason that you so rarely see a great book made in to a great movie. TV/Movies are INPUT, books are INTERACTION.

My big concern of course is how much of Mr Martin's energies will be diverted from writing the books. Me, I love the books and look forward to reading every one of them. The TV show - probably less than 50/50 I'll watch it. I am sure that if they do it right it will be a great show, but I'll have READ THE BOOKS, so why bother to watch the show?

Readers, shed your inferiority complex!

Jeff, whose TV hasn't been on since the Eagles/Giants game Dec 17
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: Is It Just Me?
If you like reading, and thus... good writing... you have to appreciate the shows on HBO. They are some of the best TV shows ever produced. Rome, Deadwood, Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Extras, and one of my personal favorites... Epitafios (Spanish language HBO).

I will say this though, I've never seen a movie or TV show based on a book that I enjoyed more than the book. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.

G
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