HBO Picks Up ‘Game of Thrones’ For Nine Episodes

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:40 am,

a game of thones HBO Picks Up Game of Thrones For Nine EpisodesLast year Screen Rant brought you news that HBO was developing a pilot for the small screen adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.

The cable channel has now given a nine episode commitment to the  fantasy series.

Game of Thrones is given the following synopsis by The Hollywood Reporter:

“The sprawling tale set in the mythical land of Westeros tells the story of the noble Stark family who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (played by Sean Bean) becomes the king’s new right-hand man.”

Bean, Catlin Stark, 300’s Lena Heady and Mark Addy lead the cast. The series is being developed by David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

George Martin  is a former TV writer who in the past has written episodes of The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast and The Outer Limits. Benioff scripted last year’s Wolverine and also wrote the novels The 25th Hour and the excellent City of Thieves. Weiss, meanwhile, is attached to the I Am Legend prequel (boo hiss).

THR also states that each of the four books in the series (so far) will account for one season, so it looks like HBO is investing a lot of cash in this fantasy series, which is being pitched as “Sopranos with swords” due to its “brutal realism.”

Shooting begins in the Titanic Quarter of my old stomping ground of  Belfast this June, with the show expected to air on HBO next Spring. Additional shooting will also take place in Scotland and Morocco.

More on Game of Thrones when we get it.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

 

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  1. This has the potential to be seven shades of Awesome!
    Not least because it's being filmed just down the road.

  2. Concurs it was/is an Epic read. Any word on the length of each episode? Being cable cant they do 2 hour episodes if they so desire?

  3. Just posting to point out that the character's name is Catelyn Stark and the actress who's playing her is Jennifer Ehle :) Slight typo found. Hope it helps.

    Also, this is awesome news! Jumped out of my freakin chair!

  4. Excellent news!

    Now, if they'd only cast Patrick Stewart as Tywin….

  5. Great great news.

    I'm a big fan of the books so I will certainly not miss these series.
    Thanks for the update Niall.

  6. It is a great series of books. Hope they do them justice.

  7. Great great news.

    I'm a big fan of the books so I will certainly not miss these series.
    Thanks for the update Niall.

  8. It is a great series of books. Hope they do them justice.

  9. I enjoyed reading these books .
    I am anxious to see how the TV version is.
    There is alot to work with.
    Looking forward to being glued to the tube during this upcoming series.