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Who Fears Death?

Not me, for sure. I don't fear death a bit. But sometimes I fear the internet.

Yes, HBO is developing Nnedi Okorafor's novel WHO FEARS DEATH as a series.

Yes, I am attached to the project, as an Executive Producer.

I am pleased and excited to confirm that much. I met Nnedi a few years ago, and I'm a great admirer of her work. She's an exciting new talent in our field, with a unique voice. Even in this Golden Age of television drama, there's nothing like WHO FEARS DEATH on the small screen at present, and if I can play a part, however small, in helping to bring this project to fruition, I'll be thrilled.



As usual, however, the internet is blowing this story all out of proportion, at least in regards to my own participation.

I will be an Executive Producer on WHO FEARS DEATH but I will not be the Executive Produce, i.e. the showrunner. That's an important distinction. Should we move forward, there will be a number of Executive Producers, and probably some Co-Executive Producers and Supervising Producers and Producers as well. This is television.

I will not be writing the pilot script or adapting Nnedi's novel, and it's doubtful that I will write any episodes should we go to series. Look, I probably won't be writing episodes of ANY television shows until WINDS OF WINTER is done and delivered, and that goes for the five GAME OF THRONES successor shows as well. Other writers will be scripting those pilots, and the same is true for WHO FEARS DEATH. Last week we spent most of an afternoon interviewing some great young talents, in hopes of finding the right person to script the pilot. I was part of that process, and Nnedi was too. No deal yet, but we may have an announcement soon.

It should be stressed that this project is still in its early stages. There's a long road ahead. Pilot script, pilot order, series order. But the hope of everyone involved is that, by the end, we can produce something truly special.

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John Nelson
Jul. 11th, 2017 06:39 am (UTC)
As always, I keep learning about either author's and/or books that I missed out in the past, or new authors that just arrived through your blog and the new TV/Streaming series. I'll pick up her book ASAP for support of this new show and her works. And just a pure objective observation: she's gorgeous. WOW.
Matteo Barbagallo
Jul. 11th, 2017 07:58 am (UTC)
Who fears death?
When I read Who fears Death, with its many themes like the revenge against this father, I have had a feeling of it not only as a Fantastic work, but I have also considered it a novel of formation.
Do you agree?

Plus, I love reading the scripts of the episode you write and have written for many shows.
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MeereeneseKnot
Jul. 11th, 2017 10:42 am (UTC)
I love Nnedi's books, and while I wish it were Binti being adapted, as it's my favorite, I'm very excited that you and HBO are working with her. I will most definitely be watching this!
commonmax
Jul. 11th, 2017 11:45 am (UTC)
Sports
Hi George,

I know its a bit off topic, but do you have a sports blog? Where can i talk sports with you?

Thank you! Keep up the good work!

Max
msconduct
Jul. 11th, 2017 12:05 pm (UTC)
That's interesting - the executive producer is not the showrunner in the UK. That's the producer. In the UK the executive producer title is given to people like the person at the TV channel who greenlit the project. Once I was at a workshop at the BBC and someone asked "What does the executive producer do?" and there was this awful silence:). Since I've often seen several producer credits on US TV shows I'm guessing it's the other way around there.
BryndenBFish
Jul. 11th, 2017 12:29 pm (UTC)
I've got a friend, who I swear a blood oath is not me, who is a huge fan of I&F lore-- especially in the context of magic. Specifically, he's enamored with your chapters in ADWD set around the Rhoyne River and the Shrouded Lord. Tomorrow is the six-year anniversary for when ADWD was released in bookstores, and I wonder whether you'd make his day and publish the Shrouded Lord chapter that you cut/heavily revised in ADWD as a sample on your website in honor of the anniversary?

Know this comment is off-topic from your post, but I didn't know a better way to ask for this. And, no, there's no dire circumstance or coincidental birthday/anniversary involved -- just wanted to ask you if you can make my friend's day, month, year.

Thanks!

Edited at 2017-07-11 01:07 pm (UTC)
grrm
Jul. 11th, 2017 07:46 pm (UTC)
I may publish that chapter one day... but probably not until WINDS and DREAM have both been published.

I liked that chapter quite a bit when I finished it, but it was a dead end, taking me down a road I did not care to walk.
(no subject) - vultureshadow7 - Jul. 11th, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - BryndenBFish - Jul. 12th, 2017 01:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
geekfurious
Jul. 11th, 2017 01:46 pm (UTC)
The things the Internet doesn't understand...
Ignorance motivates the Internet in many ways... like how they think TV executive producers and movie executive producers are the same thing; or an executive producer who is the show runner and an executive producer who is the person who deals with the network/studio have to be the same person; or how being a credited writer on a show means you came up with every single thing in the episode all by yourself, so you are to blame for every aspect of the episode, and that there is no possible way you, as one of a half-dozen (or more) writers in the room, with an EP as head-writer, took ideas from the collective and wrote them because you were assigned the episode.

I could keep going...

Edited at 2017-07-11 01:47 pm (UTC)
Scott Brown
Jul. 11th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
Take your time, we are not all crazy :)
It is the greatest story ever written, we will all be here whenever the final books are released. Glad you can enjoy life and explore your creativity at the same time, the books will all be better for it!
cat_o_love
Jul. 11th, 2017 03:15 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD THOSE EARRINGS
Braden Williams
Jul. 11th, 2017 04:41 pm (UTC)
Gotta hate the nay-sayers......
George, I have to say, I completely understand where you're coming from with this post. Just read something on Yahoo! that totally threw you under the bus for taking part in this show while WoW and ADoS go unfinished, using this blog post to do it. Do they even read this blog and follow what you're saying?? It's not like you don't understand some fans' frustration, and you even say yourself that you're not writing until the next book is finished. You're a busy guy, at least some of us get that, and you want to be more involved with other projects. Why should your legacy be solely defined by A Word of Ice and Fire? Keep doing you, George, us sane fans will completely understand. I, for one, am just grateful there's someone in this universe that's creative enough to even THINK of something as complex and entertaining as AWoIaF. Can't wait to see what the rest of this series and the books have in store for us!!
Felipe Bini
Jul. 11th, 2017 05:33 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, supposedly credible media outlets publish pieces suggesting you have already finished both WINDS and DREAM and are sitting on the books for some reason. The clickbait, hoax and hype industry never fails to disappoint.
grrm
Jul. 11th, 2017 07:43 pm (UTC)
Some days I think journalism died the day the internet was born.
Death of journalism - Virginia R - Jul. 11th, 2017 09:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
No, it died when - sourbillytipton - Jul. 12th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC) - Expand
Vera de Ferran
Jul. 11th, 2017 06:54 pm (UTC)
Although it should be hard to ignore this sort of thing, it's been a while since people complain about everything you do that is not related to tWoW (like travel, other books, series, even watching football). I think people just like to complain. And when tWoW is released, they will probably start to complain about aDoS. So I guess you should not spend too much energy on it. Unfortunately the people who listen to your explanations are probably the ones you do not need to explain yourself to in the first place.
Swkratis Koutroumpas
Jul. 11th, 2017 07:32 pm (UTC)
George,greetings from Greece!I wish you great success with the new show,as well as all your other endeavors of course!I hope that one day,you'll find the opportunity to visit Greece.Since you are a history lover,I'm sure you will find so many things to enjoy here!Take care.
grrm
Jul. 11th, 2017 07:43 pm (UTC)
I would love to visit Greece one day... but not for a few years, I think.
Βαγγέλης Ντόβας
Jul. 11th, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
Prince Nymor's Letter to Aegon
Good evening from Greece mr.Martin. I want to congratulate you about your new work but the purpose of this message(as you can see in the subject) is to learn about the letter that Prince Nymor of Dorne sent to Aegon the Conquaror. As it has been three years since the publication of The World of Ice and Fire I want to ask you if you will ever inform as about the subject of that letter.
Thank you.
Vaggos Dovas
grrm
Jul. 12th, 2017 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: Prince Nymor's Letter to Aegon
C'mon.

Sometimes mysteries are more fun than solutions.

And this is off topic.
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