George R.R. Martin’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Greenlit By HBO

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

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We had a Screen Rant reader request inquiring if we could find any information on a possible television series that may spring up on HBO, based on the book series called A Song of Ice and Fire. The book series has become a TV project and it looks like they’re starting from the beginning as the TV project is called Game of Thrones.

I can imagine this makes the community of George R. R. Martin fans pretty happy.

A Sparse Outline On The Book Series

A Song of Ice and Fire book series is written by American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. It takes place in a fictional realm on the continent of Westeros and other surrounding lands. The characters are mostly human who deal with “others” from the north or fire-breathing dragons from the east.

The series touches on a dynastic civil war for control of Westeros, rising threats from outside of Westeros and an exiled daughter of a once murdered king, as she looks to return to Westeros to claim her rightful throne.

The three story lines are said to be well interwoven upon each other.

Taking place in a fictional land helps, as the series is said to be inspired more by medieval history.  Medieval times is an awesome time period for fantasy and romantic premises. There’s lots of room to create new and different origins without the restrictions that come from the reality of it all!

I think one of the draws of the books is the comparison to Rome and Deadwood, with its underlying adult themes of crafty writing alluding to sex and the obvious violence surrounding the three story lines. It seems to be a popular mix of plot delivery as the book series has been placed as the number 2 rated series at the Internet Book List as of March 10, 2009.

Is There Any News On The Television Series?

In January of 2007, fans of the series found a little bit of hope. It was reported that HBO acquired the rights to the books with the intent of creating a dramatic series. (At least they beat Sci-Fi to it.)  Of course a studio optioning rights can sometimes mean they’re going to sit on them for 10 years sometimes, and Martin even cautioned against too much optimism at first.

As it stood, the plan laid out by HBO was that the series would be written and exec produced by David Benioff (Troy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and D.B. Weiss (Halo draft, prequel to I am Legend. Oh!  Did I just say prequel?). They were hoping to shoot in Europe or New Zealand.

The next bit of news then came around November of 2008 with a few new developments.

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The project is now called Game of Thrones, as in the title of the first book.  The co-executive producers lined up were reported to be former HBO entertainment prexy Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vincent Gerardis and the book series author himself, Geroge R. R. Martin. I always like seeing the author of the inspiration for a show on the creative team. It increases the chance of the project having a bit more of the original authors vision, or voice in the project.

I came across some unsubstantiated information that they will begin filming later this year in Ireland.  But I saw only reference to this in a bulletin board and so the warning label!

This project is one of a dozen projects that HBO is looking at in hopes of increasing their number of original series over the upcoming 2-year period. Which is a nice change of pace from the reality noise we keep having to put up with.  Crap… I may actually have to get HBO? They do pump out some nice, gritty content that captures our imaginations.

Screen Rant Is On The Case

Now that I’ve started investigating this new series, whenever we see new information, we’ll be sure to update you.

So now I’m curious.  With you, the expert fans, what are you hoping for with the show?  Are you looking for the dark, flawed characters or kicking some dragon butt?  What actor / actress would be perfect for the different characters?  Let us know what you think!

Sources: Wikipedia, IB List, Winter Is Coming, Variety; Cover Art Image: GeorgeRRMartin.com

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  1. And more news today.

    Sean Bean as Ned Stark
    Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon
    Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
    Kit Harrington as Jon Snow
    Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i7c23ccda60974aa2d32ba129f8a3b6bf

  2. Sean Bean?! Yes!!! I’m really excited to see him get a role like that one. He’s always getting cast as villains or compromised characters outside of his work as Richard Sharpe. This is a well-deserved role for him, and one I think he’ll excel in.

    I also think Addy has been handed a great role here, too. It’s not the typical kind he’s been given in the past. This show is showing true promise with each bit of news… which is also a good sign.

  3. Yup. I’m also intrigued by the casting of Harry Lloyd, who was a decent Will Scarlett in the BBC’s mostly godawful ROBIN HOOD and was also in a DOCTOR WHO two-parter (as the creepy public schoolboy alien in Family of Blood/Human Nature). He’s been a little broad in the roles I’ve seen him in, but he’s got that demented quality Viserys needs. With good direction – like from the multi-award-winning director of THE STATION AGENT ;) – he should do well.

  4. Post bump.

    The pilot has been fully cast and is filming now in Belfast. I’ve now read the whole series (so far; finish the next book soon, George, okay?) and am pumped for this show.

  5. They need more big Hollywood stars. My casting suggestions:
    Ned Stark: Brad Pitt
    Catelyn Star: Sandra Bullock
    King Robert Baratheon: John Goodman
    Theon Greyjoy: Jason Shwartzman
    Sansa and Arya will be played by Mary Kate and Ashleigh Olsen
    Tywin Lannister: Alan Rickman
    Jaime Lannister: Matt Damon
    Cersei Lannister: Cameron Diaz
    Tyrion Lannister: Danny Devito

    • non of those are good actors! except Alan Rickman.. and Danny Devito (who’s too old to play Tyrion)

  6. But seriously, everything I’ve read about this so far (directed by the same guy who did The Station Agent? really?) looks very, very promising.

  7. Saw an update on this story in Empire regarding Jason Momoa playing Conan: “Conan isn't the first mighty warrior he's played. He will appear as Khal Drogo in the HBO pilot for Game of Thrones, after impressing (read: scaring witless) the producers by performing the haka in his audition. The show, based on George R. R. Martin's wild, twisted medieval fantasy novels, is likely to be picked up, which might cause something of a scheduling problem for Momoa.”

  8. Saw an update on this story in Empire regarding Jason Momoa playing Conan: “Conan isn't the first mighty warrior he's played. He will appear as Khal Drogo in the HBO pilot for Game of Thrones, after impressing (read: scaring witless) the producers by performing the haka in his audition. The show, based on George R. R. Martin's wild, twisted medieval fantasy novels, is likely to be picked up, which might cause something of a scheduling problem for Momoa.”

  9. dennis – i think you would also agree that it's not just the violence, but the very adult situations and language it contains. I'm interested in how HBO treats/depicts the relationship between Daenarys and Khal Drogo and the Dothraki way of “doing” things. Will the script writers take a little liberty and make her a few years older or will we be visually assaulted by images of sex with a 13 year old? As much as I really like the books, seeing that on screen may even be a bit much for me.

  10. The pilot of Game of Thrones has been filmed on location in the Harland and Wolff paint hall in Belfast docks. The site is famous as the location of the building of the famous ship Titanic.

    The pilot was successful and HBO have now agreed to the filming of the entire first series in Belfast.

  11. It’s sort of Rome in a medieval fantasy setting.
    Don’t focus too much about the dragons please! Don’t go Eragon or Harry Potter on us!
    To me it’s all about the characters, in all their terrible, vile and unpredictable beauty.
    Also, it’s important with the horrific moments (molten crown anyone?), that keeps reminding the reader that this is an adult fantasy.
    Oh, and the FOOD!!!

  12. I have just gotten off the phone with someone who has raved about this!
    I am looking forward to reading the book[s] and watching the series be back with more feedback