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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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fermentedgoatjz
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thats Niiice
I Tea-Bagged my cubemate after hearing this earlier. The bastard just got me back.

I sent HBO a message saying knowing that the series was coming would help me if I ever had to make a decision about dropping a premium package. Obviously Ice&Fire puts HBO on the plus side. I want LUCKY LOUIE Back Too!

wyldemusick
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Well, Deadwood is all but done and dusted at this point, unfortunately, and while Milch is apparently *planning* to write the two closing movies I'm not holding out a whole lot of hope for them. Rome is done as of this season, too, apparently due to hideous expense...which is something you'd do well to be leery of yourself, I suspect (the $60 million per season of Deadwood is one of the reasons cited for the series being terminated, along with Milch wanting to concentrate of John From Cincinatti.)

While I'm delighted by this development, I'm a little bit dubious about the long-term prospects on HBO, simply because they do have something of a reputation for cutting series short (unless it's The Sopranos, which seems to have now entered zombie mode.)
militsa
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! My husband and I have been talking about how great exactly this (a televization of the series on HBO!!!) would be and what a dream, now here it is. I know it'll be a while till it happens but we can't wait. (First time, shy poster here but I couldn't contain myself. Hooray!)
nightsinger
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, wow, wow!

One season per book? That will be amazing to watch. Seriously. Especially with one-hour episode blocks, since HBO tends towards that format anyway. Mmm... They shouldn't have to cut things TOO much that way, I hope.

I've always thought the concurrent storylines you make would be absolutely amazing on film.

*happy!*
wyldemusick
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
...and being me, I'll likely pick up the DVDs (as horribly expensive as they might be.) Or whatever the hell format we have foisted upon us by the time the final set comes out in, what, 2014 if all goes well (I'm guessing at a 2008 first air date.)
kikoma
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
great
I hope they show this in Germany. How long does it take to buy HBO stuff on DVD.

It's exciting!
harker207
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
My friends and I found out this morning and we were over the moon. Already emailed HBO to thank them for this wonderful opportunity. And thank you for making such a great series. I'm sure that the network that brought us Rome and Carnivale will do your books justice.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Great News!
Congrats, GRRM!

How exciting that my favorite series will be coming to HBO! I hope you will be closely involved or at least that those who will be are fans of yours.

-Love ya!
spiralled
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
This is excellent news, I can't wait to see it :D
lifeisacabaret
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
This is the most exciting news for me! I absolutely love what HBO does, Deadwood and Rome are two stellar programs that really set the standard... that my favourite fantasy series is going to be taken up by these guys?!?! OMFG this is unbelievably brilliant news! Congrats, thank you, WHEE! :^D
neurona_muerta
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
*does happy dance*

I just hope we can get to see that in Spain *crosses fingers*
mumtaz
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Awesome news! Looks like it's time to upgrade my service to get HBO! :D
ponkie
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
This is some of the most exciting new I've ever heard, ever!
old_scotch
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!!
I'm so happy to hear this, I can't wait to see it!
villaniousspike
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
This may sound silly, but cool beans and super sweet!

This news is so awesome, congratulations. =-D

Any news on when the show may be out?
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