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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. 19th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Your saga is the best I'we ever read, so arent you afraid that siries could spoil the story, cutting of the serten parts of it ?
existentialist
Jan. 19th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
WOOOOOOOOOOOOH!!!
I was freaking excited when I saw the Variety article! This is going to be awesome if they are true to your series I think you are destined to surpass the Soprano's in popularity not to mention J.K.... who?

This is a major coup for the advancement of the series to the public. It will be much easier for us readers to introduce new readers just by having them watch an episode.

I'm imaging the Pilot with the Prologue scene, followed by the execution, the introduction of the direwolves, the Royal visit, meeting the Dog, and Bran's fall witnessing the incestious coupling. Sex, Violence and more sub-plots then people will know what to do with. This is going to be gold with the good screen writing. I know you won't let us down with anything less than a masterpiece.

You are the master of Fantasy. I can't wait to read more about Tyrion's adventures, Jamie's Personal trials, The Mountain and the Dog's Epic fight to the death, and Who Dany is going to marry.

Keep up the great work.

Art
www.WhatTheHellAmIDoingHere.com
dirgefactory
Jan. 19th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Pizza
You could always go to Mystic Pizza. It was made into a terrible movie after all!

...if you were in Mystic though I'd say scrap the pizza idea altogether and go get mexican food at Margaritas. Nothing is as good as that and if you disagree your a damn filthy liar :)

(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Pizza
Seconded.

-Balefont
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Perfect Fit
Mr. Martin congratulations. I believe you have indeed chosen the perfect format to do your series justice. Only on HBO will you be able to tell the story as it is without diluting it.

Good luck and well wishes! Keep on keepin' on!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
I love this series so much, and cannot wait for the show! Long live Westeros!
dascribe
Jan. 19th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Oh Holy Seven! Praise the Old Gods and the Children! Congratulations!! Not that HBO doesn't have other great shows on. I love Deadwood and Rome, but this will be THE reason I get HBO.

I will spare you from my OMG Fanboygasm, but this quite literally makes my year.

This is STUPENDOUS News!! A long way to go, but if this show doesn't make it to screen and become the best show EVER!!! I will cut out my own heart and Feast.

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG *Quivering in Elation and torturous anticipation*
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
KesheR
Damn... we love you.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Tyrion
Blow the casting of Tyrion and the show will suffer. Nail it, and this will be a series to remember for all time. I think that to play Tyrion, an actor will have to truly GET Tyrion, especially his philosophy which I would paraphrase as "That which your enemy would throw in your face - fly on your banner."

And of course, Danaerys must be achingly beutiful.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Tyrion/Long Live the Imp!!!!
I completely agree-He is my favorite character and I still peruse the previous books and simply go from Tyrion's POV to Tyrion's POV,for the whole book,as a refresher.Not only does the casting have to be perfect,but every one of Tyrions sarcastic and witful comments.Long live the Imp!!!!
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
The Top 10 licenses that should be games
Awesome news, Mr. Martin. If ASOIAF comes even close to Deadwood or Rome... it's will be AMAZING.

This news reminded me that I read about the series recently in a Gaming magazine. The January edition of Game Informer had a Top 10 licenses that should be games...

And coming in at #3 was...

A Song of Ice and Fire.

They had this to say about the prospect of an ASOIAF game...

"The gritty fantasy world of George R. R. Martin's imagination may very well make for one of the coolest role-playing games ever. Picture an episodic monthly release, with each installment detailing an extended stretch of time for one of the many narrator characters from the novels. The way you'd know you've won is if all your favorite characters actually die."

Good luck with the series.

G. Palmer
East Syracuse, NY
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: The Top 10 licenses that should be games
I also flipped when I saw the Game Informer with the Ice and Fire shout out.Mr. Martin,this new direction for the novels will be huge!!!Oh,and can I pleeeeeaaase be an extra?Like a random squire or something?
blackfyre_heir
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Congrats George. Looking forward to this project coming to fruition.
znoesser
Jan. 20th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
QUICK GEORGE!!!!!!!!!
George,

Quick you have to do yourself a favor! Go to the update page and take off that last sentence that says "Look for another update in early January." You know that sentence is going to bring the literal thinkers out of the woodwork begging, "WHERRrrrRRE IS MY UPDATEssss. Iiii Needsss update! Early... He said eeeeaaarly...." Their scales are thick and their eyes are red with bloodlust. You know it; I know it. Appease them before they have a chance to transform into sleestack by changing that sentence to like "Look for an update in the Sring of '07." Good luck, and if they come a'hissing, give me a call and I'll come block your front door.

Zeb
(Anonymous)
Feb. 7th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: QUICK GEORGE!!!!!!!!!
I do not understand how anyone can not be upset at the delays in getting the remaining books to press? It's like whatever grrm does is fine, and I'm sorry but it's NOT. Forget the Pizza Crawls, Superbowls, etc. and FINISH THE DAMN BOOKS!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
wow.
I've never paid for HBO.

However, I will certainly subscribe once the series is ready to go.

Congratulations.
trutwijd
Jan. 20th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
Well, not the news I was hoping for. :)
Ok, I know it's not big news to anyone else, but I was hoping you'd announce the return of Roy Dotrice for audio books. :P

Anyway, congrats, I'm not as elated as the rest because I'm not a big TV/Movie watcher, but I do admit that if there was a medium to do this, HBO is the best choice it seems.

Part of what frustrates me about TV in general is that mainly mindless shit is really popular. Your books aren't mindless shit though so I honestly don't see greater America (and others) embracing the series as excitedly as the 300+ posters on this forum. I hope to be proved wrong, but any time I've gotten into a TV series that has some depth, it gets cancelled. Stuff like Arrested Development, Twin Peaks, Futurama, Firefly, etc. With most likely a high production cost, I honestly can't see SoIaF lasting 7 seasons, 2 or 3 maybe...

As long as this doesn't detract from your writing, well, whatever, I can choose whether or not I watch it. But in my opinion, nothing will beat reading or listening to your novels. I do admit, I'm curious to see what they do for direwolfs, whites, dragons, mammoths, and imps with different colored eyes. That and the Wall, oh, and Cersai. :)

Good luck with it all, if anything it'll hopefully expose your brilliant work to a larger audience.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: Well, not the news I was hoping for. :)
It would be big news for me too if he announced Roy Dotrice to do all the other audio books. The voices he gave the characters define many of them in my mind.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
you know what i really think?
I hope George does not make this a political statement to our times. I mean, i know his thoughts and views upon this current admin. But really? I hope he does not write to make a statement to our current situation in Iraq and the world.

That would be suicide to his audience and would totally place his books in a time frame that is not his own. I am a registered Elephant and honestly I can say his books are some of the most powerful pieces of work I have ever read. I know his views and respect them. I would like to think that i know his heart and I admit that he speaks reason in his books. But this is for HIS time. And HIS space in THAT time!

Just don't make it politics! Please? Please George don't write because you have an agenda. Please don't write because i know back in the 90's when you began this, you didn't even know where we would be today. Don't make your work something that people for generations would label something of "oh, that was so the beginning of the century. It was about that Bush fellow. HAHA. Those cads"

Now honestly, that would be a travesty for everyone.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
Re: you know what i really think?
By the time season 6 or 7 came round (if we get that far - ), Bush and Company wil not even be around. Hell, B & Co. won't even be in the WH once aGoT would hit our screens.

So, I think you can rest easy. ;-)

-Balefont
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essjayess24
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
Get the fuck in!!!! While any adaption is never going to be as brilliant as the books I will happily add my congratulations and repeat what I told my sister yesterday, if this is done right it will be mind blowing.
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