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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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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!!

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