Wednesday, March 03, 2010

HBO Orders Series based on the Song of Ice and Fire Fantasy Suspense novels by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones: Book 1 in the Song of ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
More information about the book

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that HBO has ordered 10 episodes (including a pilot) for the adaptation of the Song of Ice and Fire fantasy suspense series by George R. R. Martin. The first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, gives the television series its name.

Martin, a former television screenwriter, ends each chapter in the books of the series with a cliffhanger, which lends itself well to episodic television.

Production is expected to begin this June in Ireland, with the series premiere next spring.

About A Game of Thrones (from the publisher): Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

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