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Song of Ice and Fire to become HBO series?

Posted by phduffy on 2007-01-17 13:32:25
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HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin's bestselling
fantasy series 'A Song of Fire and Ice' into a dramatic series to be
written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Fire is
the first TV project for Benioff (Troy) and Weiss (Halo) and will shoot
in Europe or New Zealand. Benioff and Weiss will write every episode
of each season together save one, which the author (a former TV writer)
will script. The series will begin with the 1996 first book, 'A Game
of Thrones' and the intention is for each novel (they average 1000
pages each) to fuel a season's worth of episodes. Martin has nearly
finished the fifth installment, but won't complete the seven-book cycle
until 2011.

The author will co-exec produce the series along with Management 360's
Guymon Casady and Created By's Vince Gerardis. Martin's series has
drawn comparisons to J.R.R. Tolkien, because both are period epics set
in imagined lands. But Martin has eschewed Tolkien's good-vs.-evil
theme in favor of flawed characters from seven noble families. The
book has a decidedly adult bent, with sex and violence comparable to
series like Rome and Deadwood. 'They tried for 50 years to make
'Lord of the Rings' as one movie before Peter Jackson found success
making three ; my books are bigger and more complicated, and would
require 18 movies. Otherwise you'd have to choose one or two
characters' Martin said. Aside from writing the most recent draft of
Halo, Weiss recently adapted the William Gibson novel Pattern
Recognition for WB and director Peter Weir. Benioff and Weiss were
repped by CAA and Management 360.

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