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Old 11-12-2008, 07:52 AM   #1
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[Spoilers] Game of Thrones is GAME ON (Spoilers for Books 1-5)

At least for the pilot:

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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.
Well, George seems happy, as well he should seeing his biggest property being made into an HBO miniseries. What are your thoughts?
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:56 AM   #2
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My first thought? They're planning to do each book as a full season. So George better get on his horse unless he wants the ending to appear on screen before it appears in print.

BTW, it also says the next book is due in April, but they've said that before, too.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:12 AM   #3
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Yeah, I actually stopped reading Feast for Crows about halfway through when I realized that Dance wasn't available yet. And if it's taken 3-4 years to get from Feast to Dance, who knows how long it will be until 6 and 7 are available.

And if the first few seasons of the show are successful, I can see HBO having no qualms about finishing the series for Martin.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:21 AM   #4
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They better not fuck it up, that's all I've got to say.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:44 AM   #5
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Eagerly looking forward to this, as I do not expect HBO to royally fuck this up. They have at least earned that level of trust from me.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:54 AM   #6
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I think the success of Rome paved the way for this, and I also don't think HBO would fuck it up too badly. But, it will invariably have to be scaled back a touch. There are a lot of characters and houses to keep track of in the books, and even with the backmatter it can be tough to keep them straight. I figure they'll scale back on some of the tertiary storylines, or at least push them back until later in the series, once the major players are established.

In particular I think the Iron Islands story will be either scaled back, or cut entirely.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:01 AM   #7
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In particular I think the Iron Islands story will be either scaled back, or cut entirely.
I doubt that. There's a lot of conflict in that side story, and good stories are built on well-crafted conflict. I agree, it might be scaled back a bit, but you can't cut it out completely and still be able to get the sense that the entire world is going power-hungry insane.

Also, I eagerly anticipate learning who will play Tyrion. That's going to be a hell of a tough part to play.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:03 AM   #8
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You know, there's no rule that there has to be one season every year. The Sopranos would take all the time they needed in between seasons. If the books aren't done, HBO will wait.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:10 AM   #9
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In particular I think the Iron Islands story will be either scaled back, or cut entirely.
I can see it being scaled back but those events lead up to a pretty large plot element so thy can't remove them all together.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:13 AM   #10
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I'm interested to see how this pans out, as the first three books of the series were my favourite. Feast took me far too many attempts to read before I finally made it through and ultimately felt like he could have trimmed about 3/4's of the book instead of taking us on a walking tour of the whole damned kingdom.

I can't wait for Dance With Dragons though. Mmm... All of my favourites are in that book!
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:15 AM   #11
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You know, there's no rule that there has to be one season every year. The Sopranos would take all the time they needed in between seasons. If the books aren't done, HBO will wait.
I was having some fun with old George, but the Sopranos is the exception more than the rule. Most shows don't get to take 2 whole years off between seasons.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:39 AM   #12
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I should probably start actually reading this series shouldn't I?
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:49 AM   #13
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I should probably start actually reading this series shouldn't I?
I am a huge fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, but I will say no. Do not start this series, it will never be finished at the rate he is going now.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:13 PM   #15
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It is - IMO - the best adult fantasy series out there, but Stroke is right; we'll all be grandparents before it's finished.

BTW, it seems like it's a big day for fantasy novel announcements all around.
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Also, I eagerly anticipate learning who will play Tyrion. That's going to be a hell of a tough part to play.
God, I love me some Tyrion Lannister. That ugly little man can siege my fort any time... Shit! Did I just type that in a public forum?
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God, I love me some Tyrion Lannister. That ugly little man can siege my fort any time... Shit! Did I just type that in a public forum?
As I said before I haven't read the book so I may be completely off base but for some reason Armin Shimerman came to mind.
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I was having some fun with old George, but the Sopranos is the exception more than the rule. Most shows don't get to take 2 whole years off between seasons.
You seem to be forgetting that it's not TV. It's HBO.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:49 PM   #19
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Get to work, George. Seriously. I'm excited for an HBO series, but I'd rather him just start finishing fucking books already.
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:11 PM   #20
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Great news. I wonder how much CG they will do vs. real landscapes and sets. I have a feeling New Zealand will benefit from this.

I have read the first two books, but I own all four so far. I am eagerly awaiting any releases at this point before I start reading again.
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