Last 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