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Ice & Fire on HBO

The latest news on HBO front is that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have turned in the second draft of the pilot script for A GAME OF THRONES, and their rewrite is presently being read and evaluated by the powers-that-be at HBO. In other words, it's the normal process, which is long and often slow. So far, the reports are good, and HBO seems to like what they're seeing... but no, there's no greenlight yet, A GAME OF THRONES remains a script in development, not a series in production.

The one hard bit of news is that HBO has reached agreement with the BBC for them to come in as a partner on the series... IF it goes ahead. That's very cool news, and I'm excited and pleased to have the BBC involved... but even so, we're still in the crossed fingers stage here, not the shooting-off-fireworks stage.

I get emails about the HBO adaptation of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE almost daily, by the way, so let me say a few words about that.

Look, guys and girls, I appreciate all the enthusiasm and interest, but please stop sending me your resumes, your head shots, your audition tapes. We're not hiring anyone as yet. We won't be hiring anyone for some time, most likely. And should that day arrive when the show gets the greenlight and we start looking for a cast and crew, it won't be me doing the hiring and casting. I'll visit the set from time to time, I'm sure (how often may depend on whether we're shooting in Ireland, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Rumania, or wherever), but the final decisions on these matters will be made by HBO, the BBC, the showrunners, and the director. I can't help you. Especially if you're not actually professionally involved in film and television, but are still "desperate to be involved in the show in any capacity, even just standing around in the background." I get a lot of those emails too. Those people who stand around in the background are called "extras," for what it's worth, and I'm not in charge of hiring them either. Again, we thank you for the love, but that's not how television works.

I also get a constant stream of emails asking me for news about the HBO project. Guys, that's why I have a News page on my website, and that's why I post here. When there's some news to share, I share it. Honest. No news is no news. Sometimes long periods pass when nothing is happening, or things are happening behind the scenes that even I am not aware of. Whenever there is a significant development -- like the BBC coming aboard -- I will post it here. I'm not going to try to disseminate it in individual emails to whoever happens to write that day to ask what's new with HBO.

Thanks for your patience. Thanks for your understanding. Keep your fingers crossed.


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Jun. 14th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad the BBC is aboard, as you will need a supply of actors with British accents to play the Lannisters. Oh, and castles.
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
This is actually the first I've heard of the HBO adaptation. Sounds great..
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Jun. 14th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Glad to hear of a update on the HBO series! Also yay for the BBC being involved!
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
I love your user image!
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
"Thanks for your patience. Thanks for your understanding. Keep your fingers crossed."

Fixing this for you:

Thanks for your patience. Thanks for your understanding. Keep your fingers crossed. Now if you would stop sending me emails about things that common sense would tell you I have no control over, I'd be able to work on Dance more. I say this because you guys and gals sending me the pointless emails about things you know I can't do anything about are the same ones that comment every single time I make an LJ post and ask when is Dance coming out, or if it's about some other project, "Why are you working on that when you could be working on Dance, I want Dance!!".

Just thought I'd help ;)
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Oh damn... guess that means I ought to put my headshot and resume away... *sigh!* Kidding. ;) I'm very excited and my fingers are crossed super tight! I'll just dream about getting to be a part of it, haha.
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
As long as Alan Rickman gets cast as Dolorous Edd:p
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)

(no subject) - skjaere - Jun. 14th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Keeping fingers crossed.

I suppose a lot of people don't know how TV productions work and send you those emails in good faith that you indeed have a say in the casting. After all, Rowling did. *wink*

But .... I would like to play Brienne. *more wink*
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)

Hire me please?
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
I have to laugh when I read posts like this from creators. It is funny that not only do people send these e-mails but the creators have to basically sit these people down, hold their hands, and look them in the eye and tell them whats what. They are too stupid to figure things out for themselves.
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
You rule, George!
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
*fingers crossed*
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Yay! I hope this goes through smoothly and we can look forward to seeing a production sometime in the near future. You're amazing, inspirational, and such an extraordinary writer, it would be so cool to see your works go up in a different media.
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Oh this is exciting! I hope they hurry up and get the ball rolling with production
Jun. 14th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Hot Diggity Dog!!

That's fantastic. Here's hoping the writers do a good job and the decision makers get it. I'm still concerned that they'll remember Rome's poor ratings. Man I wish they'd continued that. It was my favorite TV show since Shaka Zulu.
Jun. 14th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
I'm in mourning over the cancellation of Rome as well. :(
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Jun. 14th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
I trust the BBC. Their past adaptations of books have been absolutely marvelous. Allow me to recommend I, Claudius, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, Gormenghast and Tipping the Velvet. For starters.
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Its cool to have news on it again, *crosses fingers* if it happens that it will be one of the coolest TV shows ever. Im just going to need to not think as the two as one whole and two sides of one coin instead cause nothing on paper can ever translate perfectly to Television because it takes out the ability to imagine for ones self
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