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A Game of Thrones: OMG!!! George RR Martin's fantasy set for HBO!!!

praktik

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sheik rock said:
Finished the Erikson's first book and found it a bit lacking. The story was entertaining, but the prose and characters were a bit lacking. Everyone is constantly grinning or giggling or aghast at something.

It feels a bit like a book that someone wrote as a teenager and then cleaned up a few years later and sent out.

But, that said, it was very readable, I'm reading the biography of Lorenzo De Medici now and I keep falling asleep mid-page.

Actually, the first one was written in something like 1992, and went through a bunch of revisions since I think it was originally conceived as a script of sorts...

BUT

Do read the next two. The narrative is stronger.

One thing I will say, people's eyes seem to "glitter" a lot in his books..:)
 

praktik

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News from HBO
Sep 9th, 2008 at 6:05pm

I have some exciting news to share.

(But please, guys and gals, don't get TOO excited. This is what it is, and so far that's all it is, so don't make any assumptions).

HBO has just exercised its option, and purchased the television rights to A GAME OF THRONES.

For those of you who don't know Hollywood, an option gives a production company the right to buy a property (a book, a screenplay, whatever) at a certain agreed-upon price for a certain period of time (a year, six months, whatever). When that time runs out, they can let the option lapse, renew the option, or exercise the option and buy the property. The last is what HBO has just done.

What they have NOT done is greenlight the project. A GAME OF THRONES remains in development. They're still budgeting, still looking at locations (Spain and the Czech Republic at present, I hear). No decision has been reached, so any celebration would be premature. In Hollywood it is always best not to assume something is going to happen until it actually happens.

Even so... this is a very encouraging sign, and one that suggests a continued high level of enthusiasm and commitment for A GAME OF THRONES at HBO.

So keep your fingers crossed.

link
 

coleridge

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Yeah seeing that HBO couldn't make Deadwood work because of the period set and costume requirements as well as the huge number of extras, I don't see how they're going to make this series work.
 

praktik

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coleridge said:
Yeah seeing that HBO couldn't make Deadwood work because of the period set and costume requirements as well as the huge number of extras, I don't see how they're going to make this series work.
You think thats HBO's fault dude?

I think that show was brilliant - only problem is it came from one dude's mind and he's a bit of a "special case"....

Despite its problems and the lack of an ending I think they did pretty damn well... its just the creator is a bit of a high-maintenance, up-in-the-clouds kind of guy....

I still put it in my top 5 series of all time.
 

coleridge

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praktik said:
You think thats HBO's fault dude?

I think that show was brilliant - only problem is it came from one dude's mind and he's a bit of a "special case"....

Despite its problems and the lack of an ending I think they did pretty damn well... its just the creator is a bit of a high-maintenance, up-in-the-clouds kind of guy....

I still put it in my top 5 series of all time.
Huh? Deadwood was an amazing show, I never implied it wasn't.

HBO cancelled it for the reasons I said. They ultimately made the decision. So yes it is their fault.

Hopefully HBO can make this fantasy series work.
 

EffinHard

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coleridge said:
Huh? Deadwood was an amazing show, I never implied it wasn't.

HBO cancelled it for the reasons I said. They ultimately made the decision. So yes it is their fault.

Hopefully HBO can make this fantasy series work.
ryan agree with coleridge cocksucker.
 

praktik

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coleridge said:
Huh? Deadwood was an amazing show, I never implied it wasn't.

HBO cancelled it for the reasons I said. They ultimately made the decision. So yes it is their fault.

Hopefully HBO can make this fantasy series work.
I was under the impression it was because the dude behind it got all obsessed with his surfer show and pretty much abandoned it.... not that it was a top-down decision from HBO...
 

praktik

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How did Rome do ratings-wise - pretty well didnt it?

That was also a co-production w/ the BBC, which this will be as well... though maybe the fact it was gonna be a two-season series from the start helped it out w/ the bigwigs...

In any case, w/ the BBC on board sharing costs it should help the spreadsheets balance out for the big boys and their stuffed shirts!
 

praktik

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Hi i'm God said:
I'd rather he focus on finishing the series before he ends up like Robert Jordan. RIP
Ya, he's fat and old. BUT - i'd rather the series go unfinished than to have Martin take his down the path of sucking bull balls the way Jordan did. I'm willing to give Martin more time to do it right.

Kind of like waiting for a Blizzard game..:)
 

gollum

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Hi i'm God said:
I'd rather he focus on finishing the series before he ends up like Robert Jordan. RIP
I personally think the fantasy gods smote him before he wrote another awful book.
 

sheik rock

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gollum said:
I personally think the fantasy gods smote him before he wrote another awful book.
Lol, seriously.

After reading the first five books in Jordan's series I just put the sixth one down about half way through and said "That's enough of that author", never read another one.
 
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