Nov 12 2008 2:37pm

Winter is Coming to HBO.

After two years of sitting on the rights, HBO has actually commissioned a pilot of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, with the idea that the series would tackle one epic book per season. The Live Feed points out here that HBO has 10 pilots in competition with no way of knowing how many shows they’re looking to produce in full, so no wild parties yet. On the other hand, even if it doesn’t get the nod, we’ll at least get an hour of the beginning of Game of Thrones and the extremely yummy Ned Stark. And if HBO does the whole series, oh! how exciting. I’m thinking of the absolutely beautiful production values on its now-done-with Deadwood, Rome, and Carnivale. I want the show to look rich and complex—lush furs and velvets, the icy plains of Winterfell—but most of all, I want it to stay as much a political thriller as a swords-and-horses set piece. I do worry, but apparently George R.R. Martin has read the script for the pilot and likes it. He says on his blog that “all of you can relax, it’s very faithful.” Here’s hoping for a full series!

Dream cast, anyone? I’m voting Molly Parker for Caitlin Stark, for starters. (Also, please, from the bottom of my heart, no spoilers in the comments, or white them out.)

Michael Cassidy
1. barnowl66
Yet another DVD set to await the release of after the fact...
Elio García
2. Egarcia
This is indeed great news. :) For those interested, George passed on to us that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (executive producers) are interested in seeing serious suggestions from fans concerning casting. GRRM encouraged us to create a forum on the A Song of Ice and Fire fan forum for just that purpose, and that's what we've done.

If any fans of the series would like to contribute their ideas, or just talk about the show in general, you can join us over there.
David de Beer
3. daviddebeer
I am...excited and terrified at the same time. I mean, Rome was very enjoyable and I can imagine A song of Ice and Fire being a kick-ass series but it could be a disaster too.
This'll be like waiting on LOTR all over again.
David McCloskey
5. Desajuste
I've been following this story since it was announced, and even though some trepidation screams from the back of my mind, HBO usually pulls things off with a solid flourish.

If George gave a green light to the script, it has to be at least better than decent.

I must admit, I am already eagerly awaiting it, even though we know it won't be out for a while.

Let's see what develops, but if it is an HBO production, I have no doubts about its scope, budget, and production value. Also, HBO pulls no punches, so the sex and violence will be there.

Before they announced that it was going to be HBO, I was truly worried. Imagine a normal cable network cutting corners and eliminating tons of interesting things, or pivotal scenes, just because they were harsh for young viewers.

Thank goodness HBO picked it up. I want to see the Clegane's go to town!!!!
Barry Newton
6. Barry Newton
Ah. Even *more* incentive to write the last damned book!
Megan Messinger
7. thumbelinablues
Egarcia @2, that is so cool of them! Signing up now. I'd be tempted to add a second layer, once there's a short list for each character, of betting how likely they are to actually cast fan suggestions.
Eric Tolle
8. ErictheTolle
Well, as long as the Sci Fi channel stays far away from this project, there's a fair chance that the projects will turn out OK. I am however, wondering if even a 13-26 hour series is enough to do justice to one of those massive books.
Nicole Cardiff
9. NicoleCardiff

I'm sure they'll do a great job of casting - Deadwood and Rome were both so well done that I'm not worried.
10. rogerothornhill
This is incredible news! Is it too much to ask for an Armageddon Rag direct-to-cable movie as well?
Joe Sherry
11. jsherry
rogerothornhill @ 10: I'm half down with that suggestion, but I don't think anyone could ever do justice to The Nazgul or possibly live up to what I hear in my head.

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