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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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Israel de Oliveira
Jul. 11th, 2017 08:16 pm (UTC)
RE: Watching the wheels go by.... but not the TV
Everytime I read you implying you haven't finished TWoW I die a little inside. But if there's something the experience of being an ASoIaF fan has taught me is patience, as long as you're comitted to finish the series I'm gonna wait and save my coins to buy the books when the time comes.
vultureshadow7
Jul. 11th, 2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
Fantasy
While i immensely love Medieval Europe, i think there is an enormous potential in fantasy that is set in worlds more similar to Africa, Americas, Pacific, etc who have very rich histories and cultures and have been less used than European, middle eastern or Asian like settings.
grrm
Jul. 12th, 2017 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: Fantasy
I agree.

werthead
Jul. 12th, 2017 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantasy
It's very obscure now, but there is an interesting epic fantasy trilogy by Garry Kilworth called THE NAVIGATOR KINGS. Instead of European history/mythologym, it riffs off Polynesian history and myths, and is very good.
vultureshadow7
Jul. 12th, 2017 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantasy
Thank you i will check it out!
Virginia R
Jul. 11th, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
Writing for TV shows
Dear George, I believe you stated on several occassion that one of the reasons you decided to take on ASOIAF was because you were tired of the contraints you had to endure while writing for TV since you had to keep many external factors into account such as the limitation of a budget.

Do you miss the challange of having to write for TV where you didn't have unlimitted freedom to take the story where-ever your imagination decided to take you? Did the constraints ever lead you to some untapped pools of creativity or were they solely obstacles that got in the way of art?

If I come across as incoherent, I appoligize, I'm ESL.
grrm
Jul. 12th, 2017 12:58 am (UTC)
Re: Writing for TV shows
No one writing for television and film has "unlimited freedom to take the story wherever (their) imagination decides to take (them)."

No one. Not me, not Nnedi, not David and Dan, not Dick Wolf, not Stephen Bochco, not Stephen Spielberg, no one, ever.

Not the way it works.
voltandoao405
Jul. 12th, 2017 03:28 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Writing for TV shows
i'm sorry, dear george, but she asked exactly otherwise...

"Do you miss the challenge of having to write for TV where you didn't have unlimited freedom (...)".
Michael Mckinney
Jul. 12th, 2017 08:04 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Writing for TV shows
That's what he said, he was asking if you ever miss those constraints. :)
George Alvarez
Jul. 12th, 2017 11:33 am (UTC)
a question about a character and writing him.
I don't know if you have mentioned this in any forum or con but i recently thought about how you came up with with hodor the character.

Is he a version of lenny from the grapes of wrath,put in a fantasy story?
Was Lenny an inspiration for the character?

grrm
Jul. 12th, 2017 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: a question about a character and writing him.
Lenny is from OF MICE AND MEN, not THE GRAPES OF WRATH.

But I've read both.

An inspiration? Not consciously. But everything we see, read, and experience is grist for the mill, so down deep, who knows?
Andr-Ren Blaudszun
Jul. 13th, 2017 06:35 am (UTC)
Re: a question about a character and writing him.
I'm very sorry to be off topic, but the mention of Hodor urged me to leave a comment. It's been a long time ago when I had to heavyly cry while watching anything fictional. However, the "Hold the Door" episode broke me. So sad and at the same time so brilliantly written. I take it for granted, that you always had this scene on your mind when you invented the name Hodor. Dear Mr. Martin, thanks for the all hate, love, joy and sadness you have triggered in me with ASOIAF.
Langkard
Jul. 13th, 2017 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, this is excellent news! Dr. Okorafor is a great new voice in SF. I look forward to seeing her unique vision translated to the screen.
aegonvivelaryon
Jul. 13th, 2017 01:16 pm (UTC)
Death? Pffft..
Why would I fear death? I am of the silver theta and death does my bidding. It's a deal we have, a pact if you will.. kek

EDIT: Also, disabling comments on your last (vague) post about Valyria is just outright cruel :(

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