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HBO Ready To Play 'Game of Thrones'

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 2nd 2010 5:15PM
game of thronesSick of waiting for Guillermo Del Toro to adapt 'The Hobbit' for the big screen? This news might help tide you over: HBO has officially picked up fantasy series 'Game of Thrones' for a 10-episode season.

The show is based on George R. R. Martin's best-selling 'A Song of Ice and Fire' novels, which, admittedly, I have never read. Still, I'm excited about the possibilities for this series. HBO did family drama right ('Six Feet Under'), reinvented the Western ('Deadwood'), gave us a wonderfully quirky vampire show ('True Blood'), and the greatest police drama of all time ('The Wire'). I can't wait to see what an epic HBO fantasy series will look like.

The main cast includes 'Lord of the Rings' vet Sean Bean, one-time 'Narnia' denizen Peter Dinklage, former Sarah Connor Lena Headey and future Conan the Barbarian Jason Momoa in a recurring role. The story is epic in scope, chronicling the conflicts of kings, queens, knights and rebels in the mythic terrain of 'Westeros'.

Screenwriter David Benoiff ('Brothers', 'The Kite Runner') is producing alongside D.B. Weiss with a pilot script from 'The Station Agent' director Thomas McCarthy.

We're still waiting to hear about a premiere date, but production kicks off in Belfast in June. Check out a larger version of the first teaser pic over at SciFi Wire.

(via: The Hollywood Reporter)

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Now if only he'd fracking finish book 5 - now slated for publication July 2011 (it's been what, 5 years we've been waiting? 6?)...

I'll totally watch it because, y'know, PETER DINKLAGE. And speaking of Peter Dinklage, he IS Miles Vorkosigan - HBO, FX, BBC, WETA, somebody put Lois McMaster Bujold's work into production!!

March 02 2010 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If HBO does this right it could be something very good. Martin's books are not your average fantasy. The have sex, violence, incest, and poltical intrigue. The magic is minimal and the books work more as alternate history than fantasy but they're still excellent reads.

March 02 2010 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

I have been praying for HBO to pick this up ever since I heard about the initial pilot casting. Best news I have heard all year so far!

March 02 2010 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sweet!! If they stay somewhat honest to the books, this series will rock. Just hope the costs to produce it doesn't kill it.

March 02 2010 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


can't wait...

also Ian McShane is set to appear in "The Pillars of the Earth," based on the Ken Follett novel, this summer.... eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

March 02 2010 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Telechimp's comment

The Pillars of the Earth... they succeed selling it? where?

I saw a 15 minutes promo and as a fan of the book it look promising but for others who havent it read it they werent very much interested.

well anyway, am very happy the Games is picked up. HBO strike hard, I like this, I wont unsuscribe from that channel anytime soon with the Pacific starting next week and Game soon.

March 03 2010 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Didn't they announce this like a year ago?

March 02 2010 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Willmore2000's comment

production on the pilot was announced, not the 10-episode series pickup by hbo. now we know the pilot is going to series ... translation: it's actually coming to tv!

March 02 2010 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

... and good news bears repeating.

March 02 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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