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January 17th, 2007  |  Published in etc

Variety.com – HBO turns ‘Fire’ into fantasy series:

HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series “A Song of Fire & Ice” into a dramatic series to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.


The series will begin with the 1996 first book, “A Game of Thrones,” and the intention is for each novel (they average 1,000 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.

Martin’s books are perfect for HBO. Calling them “Lord of the Rings meets Deadwood” would be glib and piss two irritable tribes off mightily, and it’d be implying that Lord of the Rings had either gritty realism or interestingly amoral characters, I guess. But the point is, those books are fantasy for adults, and not just because there are boobies and whoring midgets. If the final episode of Deadwood left you with an empty feeling in the pit of your stomach, you might as well prepare for seven seasons of that now.

Treating each book as a season is an awesome idea that will give the writers plenty of room to treat the story with all the care it deserves, too. As much as I think Peter Jackson treated LotR’s narrative about as well as could be expected (though some of his choices seem less defensible over time), doing a single Martin book over 12 hours will leave little excuse to do much more than trim some atmospherics a book might require that a filmed version wouldn’t.

Anyhow, thanks to Deadwood, The Sopranos and The Wire, I’ve got faith in HBO to do the thing right.

via Polytropos, who’s setting up in new digs


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