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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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lilysnowflower
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Damn. Now I HAVE to get HBO!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 1st, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
wow
i didnt know hotties liked george
Re: wow - lilysnowflower - Feb. 1st, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
carl_spackler
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'll add my voice to the congratulations
A good friend of mine in the industry wrote me about this earlier today and said, "two HUGE (and very talented) screenwriters, David Benioff and Dan Weiss will exec produce/write the series."

racebannon42
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thats awesome news George. I've already sent HBO a comment letting them Know I want this greenlit.
bronn_stone
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
The BwB are all thrilled by the news
Not that this will come as any surprise to you.

Our only casting suggestion is that Stego should be Varys.
michnessiest
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: The BwB are all thrilled by the news
wow. bronn has a live journal *faints*
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
you rock
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you
mzjae
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell, that has to be the fastest addition of comments that I have ever seen on Livejournal! Congratulations, I hope that you are able to give artistic input into it and make sure they make it as you want it ;)

aksioma_tg
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
There is very little hope thet it will be translated into russian... But we'll try to fetch it somehow... However, it is great!
michnessiest
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Congrats and Good Luck George! This is incredible news.
dravenreborn
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
HOLY! O_O

This news makes me SO very excited!!!! :D
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Best news of 2007
I knew the only way to do a live-action adaptation of ASOIAF would be a series with each book getting its own season. I also knew that only HBO could do it justice. I can't wait to see this. -SockMonkeh
sybert1ger
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
I guess I really do need to start subscribing to HBO.

Congratulations!
sm_campbell
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
I am so excited! Keep us up to date for when it airs!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 1st, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
wow
another hottie!
Re: wow - sm_campbell - Feb. 1st, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
brooklynnotes
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
great news, congratulations!
pureyaoi
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS Mr. Martin! That is incredible news. I'm so glad that legions of HBO viewers will learn about your amazing books. :)
werthead
Jan. 17th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
This news is excllent. Congratulations!
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