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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. 17th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Amazing!!
Knock it out of the park! The best media-related news I've heard in years. Congrats...and get to writing!! :-)
razordemon
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
I would hook up my cable again for this!
theeurophile
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Mr. Martin. I've loved ASoIaF for years now, and can't wait to see if and how it all unfolds. Best of luck with all your upcoming work...I'm sure you'll have your hands full. :)
raef
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
I called up my brother the instant I found out and we giggled like school boys.

Hurrah!
isis_newton
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
moomins rock
phubbadaman
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Series
I've been trying for about a year to get my girlfriend to read these books, but she isn't really into this genre and she has refused to up to this point. She knows that I love the books however and is happy they are coming out on television so she can have a chance to see them first and if she likes it, she can read and if she doesn't like, well, I guess I can't make her read them...
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
HBO Options A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
Congratulations!!!! What a way to start off the year! Love the Rome series but I can only think ASoIaF is going to far surpass it! Thanks for the great news George!
imiliarinaldi
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD!!
This is going to be SO EXCITING!!

Too bad I don't have HBO. >.
kinfae
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've been having a really terrible day today, but that just made it. Awesome.
shawn_scarber
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
I have to say, this is quite exciting.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
That is great news!
This is super-fantastic! I hardly wait to see this new series. I'm now halfway through A Feast For Crows, it's a great read.

George, make sure you won't let them spoil the book! Make sure that they'll stick as much as possible to the original material.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!
Wow! If this actually makes it to TV, I will buy a TV.

HBO is the only place these books could possibly be brought to the screen.
b_a_n_d_i_t
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
{.... jaw drops....}

By far the best scenario for bringing this magnificent series to the screen. The only possible option, really.

All I can say is.... WOW.

I'll say it again, in fact: WOW!!!!!!!!
glaineacht
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
this has been our dream for years! we used to say how amazing of an idea it would be, but never could see it happening due to your always-important, even when minuscule, details.

we are a-flutter. [and "we" is myself and the one who introduced me to you so long ago]. this is terribly exciting.

brilliant work!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
HBO...
I haven't been this excited since I learned that Lord of the Rings was in the works...Thank you so very much!
And, of course, CONGRATULATIONS! :-)
radial_jives
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
George, congratulations are in order, sir. This is marvelous news. I agree, HBO will be a great place for "Song." Hope the rights/producer credits/veto power worked out in your favor, but I assume it did... you've worked in TV before, after all, you know how they do it. Looking forward to this, for sure!
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