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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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zilg
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Winter is Coming to HBO!
baine_darkwolf
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
ROCK ON!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Tweedle Dee
"Wish me luck. I'm headed back to Westeros.

Look for another update in early January."

Throw us a bone!
mythfish
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
*checks the calendar*

Nope, it's not April 1. WOO!
blackwaltzno2_
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
What's on April 1? :)
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captainlucy
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! When you said BIG NEWS, you weren't kidding! This is fantastic! :D
alunatic
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh I love you I love you I love you!

I cannot believe how excited I am right now. I'm actually crying!!

I honestly might actually get pay-TV just for this.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
I can't stop smiling. Congrats--------I hope it all goes well.

Jarred
loweeel
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, I turn 26 tomorrow, and you've already given me the best present I could ask for. Thank you so VERY, VERY much.

Having seen how they handle the epic in Rome, family conflict in the Sopranos, politics and in-fighting in The Wire, and even the fantastic in Carnivale, I know that I won't be missing a second.
faeriesluver9
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm very excited!
slim_reaper
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
This may sound odd...
This post just saved a friendship that has been on the rocks for about a year. I'm not kidding either. Our friendship started on the topic of Game of Thrones and has since been re-established on the same note. Thanks.
warangel
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thank the Maker!

This sounds like the perfect match, a book series of incredible depth and magic picked up by a company that believes in doing things right.

Congratulations George, I'm looking forward to seeing this beautiful story being picked up by a much larger and broader audience.
faechild_jax
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I can't even begin to explain how excited I am about this! I've always wanted to see "A Song of Ice and Fire" on film, or something of the like. I think this is brilliant!
kativy
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah so I just threw my hands in the air and yelled FUCK YES at the top of my lungs. THIS IS AWESOME.
twisted_mentat
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
This, Short of anything invovling Millions of dollars, or Anne Hathaway and/or Jessica Alba showing up at my door, is the best news i've heard in a long time..

I cannot wait to hear who gets cast in the various rolls.

Damn, and i live in Canada...
(Anonymous)
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! This is the best day I've had since Christmas! I'm really stressed out right now with high school exams, and this has really relieved me and given me a chance to relax and enjoy. And, tomorrow is my birthday! This is the best birthday present I could ask for. Congratulations, Mr. Martin!
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