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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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grrm
Jul. 11th, 2017 07:43 pm (UTC)
Some days I think journalism died the day the internet was born.
Virginia R
Jul. 11th, 2017 09:25 pm (UTC)
Death of journalism
I'm certain journalism was dying before that, it's just that the internet has the abillity to amplify the symptoms. The 24/7 "news" coverage channels started this. It's just that the bad practices that came with it are particularly exacerbated by the efficiency of spreading information on the internet.

Even on the so-called "respectable media" there's little fact checking and people would rather be the first one to publish rather than being accurate. Heck, a lot of important stories aren't even covered. Flint, DAPL, Democracy Spring are a few I can think off the top of my head. They either didn't cover the at all or spent on more than 2 minutes on them.

They also never mention the abuse that peaceful protesters get exposed to. The internet has made it possible that one can find covergae of the few journalists that are willing to go to these places and keep on checking on the state of affairs. Another thing you won't find on any of the major outlets is how corrupt politicianns refuce to have townhall meetings because they know their constituents aren't pleased at all. Some of the even go as far to arrest people because they're being "too loud".

Lastly, we can't overlook the personal responsibillity of the individual to THINK critically on the information they're getting. As in check if it's from a trustworthy source and check multiple sources to see if the report coincides ad do a little bit of research (wwhich nowdays is a simple Google X thing) to confirm for themselves if the info is accurate. If people are gullible mongerer for sensationalism to begin with, stuff like these wouldn't spread.
/rant
sourbillytipton
Jul. 12th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
No, it died when
24 hour "news" networks were born. Excess of anything is never a good thing. There is not enough news in one day to hold a viewer's interest, so the networks create news with its own agenda that caters to its audience. Instead of reporting, they offer opinions and judge everything.

That's why the only journalist I respect is Charlie Rose, he doesn't indicate a bias when interviewing his guests.

Edited at 2017-07-12 06:02 am (UTC)

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