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#1 Cadogan

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 07:50 AM

Check this out!!! http://www.comingsoo...ws.php?id=18457
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Posted 17 January 2007 - 12:22 PM

Never read the books...are they any good ?

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 01:08 PM

Never read the books...are they any good ?


I think they're great. Do a search on this website and you can get a lot of other "conan fans" opinions as well!
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Posted 17 January 2007 - 05:03 PM

Not to rain on your parade, but HBO is probably the worst place for anything you're looking forward to. They take the best shows(i.e. Deadwood, Carnivale) and cancel them at the height of their popularity. Expect 2 or 3 seasons and nothing more. Though that's better than nothing...they also have a knack for not ENDING shows, which is disappointing.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 05:20 PM

I thought ROME was pretty good. I got the box set for Xmas. They seem to use a lot of British actors which is always a good start. I have nothing against American actors but in historical drama their accent just sounds soooo wrong :P

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 06:01 PM

I haven't read the books but I belong to another forum and the people there rate them very highly.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 06:14 PM

It's one of my favorite fantasy series. Doing a book a season sounds good, but the later seasons might have to be a bit longer to accomodate the ballooning novel lengths. I hope this works out. It would be nice to have gritty epic fantasy done right on the small sceen.
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Posted 17 January 2007 - 06:22 PM

I love the books but one thing any fan of Conan can tell you - I'll believe it when I see it. And even then, there will be questions. But, good news nonetheless! :D

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 05:28 AM

This is the best fantasy series ever written in my opinion... on the surface, HBO doing them sounds fantastic... I think they've done a great job with Deadwood and Rome.. This will be very interesting to follow.

GRRM posted about it as well:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 03:30 PM

Interesting that HBO picked it up, I thought Hallmark or SciFi would get ASoIaF. Given their history of strong, gritty programming I'm sure they'll do it justice. Not really a fan myself, though I've heard it gets better as you go along, so I might read the other books.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 11:10 PM

Interesting that HBO picked it up, I thought Hallmark or SciFi would get ASoIaF. Given their history of strong, gritty programming I'm sure they'll do it justice. Not really a fan myself, though I've heard it gets better as you go along, so I might read the other books.



I thought the first novel was the best by far, actually.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:27 PM

As its said in George Martin's official site:

HBO OPTIONS ICE & FIRE
January 18, 2007
Now it can be told. VARIETY broke the story yesterday morning, and it's all over the web. I have received hundreds of emails since the announcement went public, many of them asking, "Is it true?" Other readers have posted comments and congratulations in reply to my confirmation on my Live Journal.
Yes, it's true. Winter is coming to HBO.
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Home Box Office has acquired an option on the television and film rights to my fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, in hopes of bringing the story to television as an original, ongoing HBO series. We have been working out the details for months, but the deal is finally done and the pieces are in place, so it's official.
I won't rehash the details of the announcement in VARIETY. Go HERE and you can read the story for yourself.
The executive producers and showrunners on the project will be David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Benioff and Weiss will also be writing the pilot script, and -- assuming that HBO eventually greenlights the series -- most of the episodes as well. This will be the first television project for them, but both have experience in novels as well as feature films. David Benioff is the author of the novel The 25th Hour and the collection When the Nines Roll Over: and Other Stories. His screenwriting credits include Troy, Stay, and The 25th Hour, and the forthcoming film versions of Wolverine and The Kite Runner. Dan Weiss has written the novel Lucky Wander Boy and the screen adaptations for the forthcoming films Halo, based on the videogame, and Pattern Recognition, from the William Gibson story. He and Benioff also worked together on the screenplay for Ender's Game, adapting the novel by Orson Scott Card.
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I met David and Dan in California last fall, when I was out for LACon, and we discussed the show over a long lunch (the restaurant was packed when we arrived, and completely empty when we left, and the waiters had started setting up for dinner). They impressed the hell out of me, and I'm really looking forward to working with them. They're both bright, passionate, enthusiastic. They know the books inside and out, they get the books, and they're committed to bringing my story to your television screens... not a vaguely similar story with the same title (ala Earthsea, or what passed for same on the Sci-Fi Channel). A Song of Ice and Fire should be in very good hands.
As for my own involvement, I'll be scripting one episode per season. I'll also serve as co-executive producer on the show, along with Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinanza of Created By, and Guymon Casady of Management 360. I have already had a number of emails asking why I am not writing more of the scripts myself. Three big reasons: A Dance With Dragons, The Winds of Winter, A Dream of Spring. As much as I'd like to be a part of the show on a daily basis, as I once was on The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast, the novels take priority. David Benioff and Dan Weiss are very talented writers, but even they can't adapt a book that hasn't been written.
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I am thrilled to be in business with HBO as well. For years now, the very best drama on television has been found on Sunday nights, in HBO's original series. TV does not get much better than The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Big Love, Carnivale, The Wire, Deadwood... and my current favorite addiction, Rome. (If you're not watching the second season right now, you're missing the best show on television). Writing, directing, acting, set design, production values... everything on an HBO show is quality, and that's what I have dreamed of for A Song of Ice and Fire.
It was only a month or two after A Game of Thrones was first published in 1996 that I received the first query about film and television rights. Nothing ever came of it. Over the years, as the series grew more popular with every subsequent book, I received a steady stream of such queries from producers, directors, screenwriters, studios, and others in the industry. Nothing ever came of them either. Meanwhile, my readers kept asking if A Song of Ice and Fire would ever be filmed. My answer was always the same. While I was always willing to listen to offers, I did not see how the books could be made into a feature film, or even a trilogy of such films, like Lord of the Rings. The novels were simply too big and too complex, and to make the sort of deep cuts that would be necessary to get them down to feature length would have required losing nine-tenths of the characters and three-quarters of the plot. The only way to dramatize a story that size, I felt, was as a television miniseries (like Roots or Shogun) or, better still, a series of series, with each novel providing a full season's worth of episodes.
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That is precisely what HBO intends to do, starting with A Game of Thrones. With twelve hours to devote to each of the novels, rather than the two to three that a feature film would allow, we should be able to present a faithful dramatization of the story that will please both my own readers, and HBO subscribers who have never read a fantasy novel in their lives.
A television series does not spring up full blown overnight, of course. You won't be watching A Game of Thrones on HBO next week, or telling TIVO to record it next month. There's a long and winding road ahead of us, and many pitfalls along the way... but every journey begins with a first step, and who knows? Maybe next year time you'll be seeing Tyrion and Dany and Jon Snow in those HBO promo spots, mixing and mingling with Tony Soprano, Al Swearengen, and Titus Pullo.
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 09:59 PM

Bit late...

http://www.conan.com...?showtopic=4073

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:05 PM

http://www.thrfeed.c...rders-fant.html

HBO will be producing a series based on George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. The plan is to adapt one novel per season.

B) B) B)
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:04 PM

http://www.thrfeed.c...rders-fant.html

HBO will be producing a series based on George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. The plan is to adapt one novel per season.

B) B) B)



The only way that this could have been done correctly is for HBO to do it... no films could incorporate the story simply due to the size of the series.

This is great news for the best fantasy series every written.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:09 PM

I remember hearing about this a couple of years ago. One of my gaming buddies is a HUGE fan of the series (we even played the RPG for a while), and he about had a joy-gasm. :lol: Yeah, I'd like to see this.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:58 PM

Let's hope that this is the start of fantasy series being done right for cable television. :)
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:05 PM

I'm as excited as I was 2+ years ago when they first announced the news of a HBO Song of Ice & Fire mini. Martin had a blog piece about it and everything - here's hoping they get started on this right away. Amazing how slow the wheels turn in showbiz for some projects and fly thru the red tape for others - usually projects I have no interest in. Thanks for the info Almuric!

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:12 AM

Being a bit anal retentive here, but its A Song of Ice and Fire not the other way around like the article has it.

Looking forward to this though, if it's done as well as Rome was it should be great!

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 02:27 AM

Whoops. :unsure:
"It is more than a mortal sea. Your hands are red with blood and you follow a red sea-path, yet the fault is not wholly with you. Almighty God, when will the reign of blood cease?"

Turlogh shook his head. "Not so long as the race lasts."


--- The Dark Man, by Robert E. Howard