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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. 24th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
New sample chapter PLEASE?
I understand its going to be awhile for for your next installment of A song of ice and fire BUT many people like myself are foaming at the mouth for it. Is it at all possible you can give us a new sample chapter?
anowyn
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Re: New sample chapter PLEASE?
He isn't going to. He doesn't want to give too much of the book away.
theseus01uk
Jan. 24th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Variety pressure
I haven't read all 14 pages of comments, so someone else may have said this. But I note that the Variety article suggests you're due to complete writing the series in 2011. It's nice for them to give you a deadline, but don't feel bound to it
dark_sigh
Jan. 25th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
Congrats! searching for your books PLEASE HELP!
I'm so happy for you. (and for all those non readers out there who would never otherwise get the chance to know your work!) Maybe someday I will finish my manuscript...You are an inspiration to us all. THANK YOU!
Btw, I'm looking for Limited and lettered editions of your work and willing to pay double the going rate. I currently have CLASH limited, STORM limited and have ordered FEAST from Subpress. I'm driving Bill (@SubPress) crazy with my searching for the lettered copies of these and the limited/lettered of GAME! PLEASE HELP!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 25th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
A.D. 2011
By 2011 for book 7, eh?
nemireth
Jan. 25th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
erm... 14 pages, eh? Well, you'll get around to it eventually.
Well, first off - congratulations! I recall during the last book signing you frantically denying any and all accusations of there ever being a movie, but suggesting HBO series. Great to know we the fans can be even more obsessed with your books now.

So, you realize that we will be bombarding you with casting suggestions regardless of what you want us to do, right? :p
According to all the questionnaires I should play Jamie Lannister, but since I lack certain masculine parts that are, I am sure, necessary for such a role, perhaps I'll try out for the role of that cunt Cerse. Do fans get to audition? I don't even know really, just felt like calling Cerse a cunt, because she is.
mcjabba
Jan. 25th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Now I am afraid...
...gods, let it be more like Rome than Earthsea - exactly as GRRM is saying. Gods, let them make it with a mature audience in mind. I am afraid, I am so afraid, 'cause the dominant perception is still that fantasy stories are for kids and (at most) teenagers! We have grown up now, what the heck! Hollywood, please realize this!

I haven't been so excited since '98 when I first read about the planned LOTR movie...and I had to wait two years for it.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
How Long?
This comes under the heading "I thought of that." Of course I never bothered to go further. HBO is clearly the right venue (Huge fan of Rome and the Sopranos). One year per book is also exactly what I believed would work. I saw it as a "maxi" series, doing 2 hour episodes, which you could leverage into full screen movies after TV, but I'm sure Hollywood wouldn't go for that (for all their creativity, their business models are practically unchangeable). I will make no casting suggestions other than this - very high quality acting and writing. Don't go with stars, go with actors. See Rome for how this works, there are no stars, just really good actors, and really good writing. As you have developed the books based on character, so should you develop the scripts and casting. The great thing about HBO is that they seem really to believe in quality. Good luck and congratulations. PS - sorry about your giants. Just think of me, if you are depressed by them, I am a Browns fan.

So, How long until we see it on the screen?

JR
Newport Beach
anowyn
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: How Long?
It's probably more up to the directors than it's up to him.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Unreal
I still grin stupidly when I think of the news. I got excited in December when I found out one of my favorite bands, Niyaz, is coming to perform in New Mexico in April. (If anyone else is in N.M., you should come see them. They're awesome, and I'd love to see people supporting them.) I didn't imagine I'd be excited by even more incredible news. I can imagine it now. Maybe Under Byen will perform in Santa Fe or Garmarna will invite me to Sweden to hang out with them. I'd have a permanent grin on my face for the rest of my life, which would be pretty creepy. I could always change my name Ms. Sardonicus.

Congratulations, Mr. Martin!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Unreal
And I hope they use unknowns, at least for the major roles. I just can't imagine Nicole Kidman being Cersei at all, much less a good portrayal of Cersei. I can't wait to see the Wall and the Hound!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
What more could you ask for?
I started reading a song of ice and fire by the time a sword of storms had just been released in paperback and ever since I have thought this is by far my favorite series. I am glad to hear that it is finally getting some screen time (ha ha now just need to get HBO before they start airing). Just wanted to say keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing the show and A Dance with Dragons.

- A guy from Canada
felis_stellaria
Jan. 26th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know if it's in any wise possible to make a series out of asoiaf without ruining it, but if anyone could, it would be HBO. Congratulations, good luck, and so on and so forth.
felis_stellaria
Jan. 26th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Um...meaning a TV series, seeing as it's already a series...yeah, my brain went bye-bye.
electorprince
Jan. 26th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, but how will you feel about Gerard Butler playing Eddard Stark? ^_-

Congrats anyway. Don't let them louse this up; TV hyas destroyed literature too often in the past to fully trust them, and the fickleness of TV producers is legendary; just ask JM Straczinsky.

Best of luck!
jackdluvsme
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yes. Yes yes YES.

YES.
jackdluvsme
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
I can see Christopher Walken playing Eddard Stark.

"You know, son, we follow the Old Way. And by Old Way, I mean we'll off your head if you fuck with us, you know?"
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
I am so excited I can die
Amazing. Congratulations! I am speechless and so happy. good luck
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Exciting but scary!
This is very exciting news--but a little scary too. I'd hate to see ASOIAF mistreated in adaptation. Maybe as time passes, GRRM will be able to let us know just how much control/input he'll be allowed, so we can brace ourselves.

Of course, the other part of it is coping with tons more people finding out about series without having been turned onto it by friends, and watching it without reading it (the LOTR effect) but so it goes. I wouldn't want to deny GRRM all that an HBO series means (especially in terms of compensation--*congratulations* GRRM!) just because I want to keep ASOIAF from getting 'away' from it's origins or getting 'too big.'

For people who are asking, a hopeful estimate might say you'll see this coming out in a little under a year. These kinds of productions take a while from start to airing.
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