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Huge, Huge News

HBO has given the production order.

They will be filming the pilot episode of A GAME OF THRONES.

It's just the pilot so far. They'll need to see that before they decide whether to proceed with a full season's episodes. So let's all hope the pilot will kick serious ass.

It should. David Benioff and Dan Weiss did a terrific job with the script. And yes, all of you can relax, it's very faithful. Dan and David will be the executive producers for the pilot and (we hope) the eventual series.

More details when I have 'em. The news is very fresh. HBO just issued their own press release, which should be up on their website soon, if it's not there already.

Winter is coming to HBO. Hot damn.


Nov. 14th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
My thought
Given that the pilot can only cover a chapter or two, I really think that 2 things need to happen. First, a very strong female character has to be cast for Dany. She needs to be able to capture sympathy for her forced marriage but also respect for her courage.

Secondly, I think that if the pilot ends with "The things I do for love" the studio heads will have my exact reaction of "oh shit, this isn't your ordinary story! George isn't fucking around!"

Given that there will probably be pilots from a dozen shows and only 1 or 2 making the cut, I really hope that attention is paid to the parts of the beginning story that captivated most readers.

Bran falling
Discovery of the wolves
Dany's marriage
Coolness of the King coming to visit

Hope this is done well and isn't going to follow the likes of Earthsea or The Seeker. *shudder*
Nov. 14th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: My thought
Apparently there are 10 pilots and HBO will approve 6 of them for a full season order, so even on the law of averages ASoIaF has a good shot at going to series, especially given the BBC will be contributing to the budget as well.


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