Monday, January 22, 2007
I ran into an interesting article while scanning the sci-fi channel's site. Apparently HBO is planning on producing their own fantasy show based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series. HBO Playing With Ice and Fire HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin's best-selling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire into a dramatic series, to be written and executive-produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Variety reported. Fire is the first TV project for Benioff (Troy) and Weiss (Halo) and will shoot in Europe or New Zealand. Martin, a former TV writer, will write one of the episodes himself. The rest will be written by Benioff and Weiss. The series will begin with the first book, 1996's A Game of Thrones. Each season to follow will be based on one of the subsequent novels, which average about 1,000 pages each. Martin has nearly finished the fifth installment, but won't complete the seven-book cycle until 2011. The author will co-executive-produce the series along with Management 360's Guymon Casady and Created By's Vince Gerardis. Ice and Fire is a period epic set in imagined land, in the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. But Martin's characters, from seven noble families, aren't as clearly good or evil. The book has a decidedly adult bent, with sex and violence comparable to series like Rome and Deadwood, the trade paper reported. "They tried for 50 years to make Lord of the Rings as one movie before Peter Jackson found success making three," Martin told the paper. "My books are bigger and more complicated, and would require 18 movies. Otherwise, you'd have to choose one or two characters." Hmmm, interesting. I wonder if HBO will handle a fantasy series better than the sci-fi channel? Martin's books do seem like a big project, but I really did like the first two books that I read before I began to fear the series may never end. So any fans of George R. R. Martin out there? If so, what do you think?