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Post by Kenwood on Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:42 pm

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – HBO has given a pilot order to the fantasy project "Game of Thrones."

The program is based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling "A Song of Fire & Ice" series of novels. The "Game of Thrones" title is from the first novel.

If it gets an episodic order, "Thrones" would represent the rarest of TV genres: a full-fledged fantasy series.

Although broadcasters have embraced sci-fi-tinged shows in recent years following the success of ABC's "Lost" and NBC's "Heroes," and supernatural themes have been given a spin by the CW's "Supernatural" and HBO's own "True Blood," high fantasy is nearly nonexistent in primetime TV annals -- and "Thrones" is an unabashed member of the genre. The books have swords, dragons, magic, the works.

"Fantasy is the most successful genre in terms of feature films given the incredible popularity of the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Harry Potter' movies," said David Benioff, one of the executive producers.

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Books get optioned all the time, and nothing is ever done with them. Requesting a pilot episode is much closer to a reality of it happening, however. Holy crap this would be killer! Rome, Deadwood, Carnivale (while it lasted), all brilliant. HBO can definitely pull this off. And they plan on doing all seven books? Holy shit! Wouldn't that be awesome?

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:57 pm

It could either rule or flop, we'll just have to wait and see.

It is an incredibly monumental undertaking, though. The first book alone would be in the six hour range if they tried to do it all. I forsee huge cuts in plotlines.

When I was on the ASOIAF board, long discussions were had about the eventual possibility. The way they had "cast" the series would have busted the budget.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:49 pm

Well, they said each book would be one season. So they most definitely could make it work. Yeah, a lot would have to be cut, but done right that won't matter.

Did you ever watch Rome?

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:19 pm

Ken wrote:
Did you ever watch Rome?

Nope. I don't have cable and even when I did I did not subscribe to HBO. If it's really good, I could just put it on Netflix.

One book per season would be about right I would imagine. Given the snail's pace of Martin's output the past few years, they could run into trouble if they start running out of material because he hasn't finished the series. They'll also have to do some really deep cuts to A Feast For Crows/A Dance With Dragons, which is really one book split into two parts. That won't be so bad, though. AFFC was really bloated, IMO.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:35 pm

Dude, Netflix Rome. There were just two seasons, but it was a brilliant series, one of the best I've ever seen. I paid $80 for the series box set and feel it was well worth the price. That's how good it was.

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Post by cvrysen on Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:52 pm

Ditto on the Rome. Deadwood and True Blood have rocked my socks, too. The same genius applied to Martin would be exactly what it needs to translate to visual media! If you check out Rome, I guarantee you'll be excited about this possibility: beautiful cinematics and scenery, convoluted politics with well created and played characters, brutal deaths and sex and world changing events from the perspective of both the schmuck pawns and the major players.

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Post by DgB on Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:25 am

Latest news has them prepared to start filming in Ireland in October. Also, Adrian Paul expressed interest in being involved, which personally I would find cool; I really enjoyed Highlander. In fact, there are several actors that were involved with Highlander that I wouldn't mind being cast in the series.

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Post by Jameson T. Caine on Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:29 am

Don't mention Adrian Paul or my wife will start drooling. If he ends up in it, she'll be a devoted viewer for life.

I've never read any of the books, but I hope this series can be done right. I'd love to see an epic, ongoing fantasy series. Kinda like The Tudors...only with magic and stuff.

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Post by DgB on Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:32 am

Jameson T. Caine wrote:Don't mention Adrian Paul or my wife will start drooling. If he ends up in it, she'll be a devoted viewer for life.

I've never read any of the books, but I hope this series can be done right. I'd love to see an epic, ongoing fantasy series. Kinda like The Tudors...only with magic and stuff.

You have to read the books. Really. You are doing yourself a disservice by not doing so.

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Post by Kenwood on Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:35 am

DgB wrote:Latest news has them prepared to start filming in Ireland in October. Also, Adrian Paul expressed interest in being involved, which personally I would find cool; I really enjoyed Highlander. In fact, there are several actors that were involved with Highlander that I wouldn't mind being cast in the series.
If you mention Christopher Lambert, I will let Mercedes bring Larry up from the basement.

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Post by DgB on Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:40 am

Kenwood wrote:
DgB wrote:Latest news has them prepared to start filming in Ireland in October. Also, Adrian Paul expressed interest in being involved, which personally I would find cool; I really enjoyed Highlander. In fact, there are several actors that were involved with Highlander that I wouldn't mind being cast in the series.
If you mention Christopher Lambert, I will let Mercedes bring Larry up from the basement.

Honestly, I have no idea if that is a good thing or not. Do I want to meet Larry? Very Happy

The actors I had in mind when I posted: Peter Wingfield and James Byrnes

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Post by Mercedes on Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:41 pm

Oh, you don't want to meet Larry.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed May 06, 2009 5:13 pm

Hell yeah!

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I can't wait!

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu May 07, 2009 11:34 am

I'll admit, my hopes are high for this. So many film adaptations suck, but I suspect that one will not.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu May 07, 2009 2:38 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:I'll admit, my hopes are high for this. So many film adaptations suck, but I suspect that one will not.
Have you seen Rome and Deadwood? HBO can do some bad-ass series. Shit, even Carnivale rocked (though the bastards canceled it right in the middle). I just hope the fact that it's Martin's work will bring in more viewers. If they do this, the fuckers need to finish it.

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Post by Mercedes on Thu May 07, 2009 3:06 pm

Wait, Carnivale is in my Netflix queue! Do I even want to watch it, or will I be too ticked off at the (lack of) ending? Like Firefly. And the lame movie totally didn't save it.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu May 07, 2009 3:26 pm

Mercedes wrote:Wait, Carnivale is in my Netflix queue! Do I even want to watch it, or will I be too ticked off at the (lack of) ending? Like Firefly. And the lame movie totally didn't save it.
Man, I thought Serenity kicked ass. In fact, I watched the movie, then bought the series and watch the whole thing in a week. I never do that! I thought it rocked.

Carnivale is different. It was a great series. Awesome acting, settings, storyline, everything. But it was like Lost, you never really knew what the hell was going on. A battle between good and evil was brewing, that was clear, but beyond that, you could only speculate. Then they canned it. So it was a bitter cancellation, unlike Firefly, which stands alone regardless. Carnivale just stops mid-story. There is no closure.

Pissed me off, really. So just know that if you start it, you'll probably be angry at the non-ending. There was no closure, no half-assed ending done specifically because it was being canceled. They didn't know it was being canceled until it was. Just beware.

You should watch Rome and Deadwood, though. Two of the best series I've ever seen. Especially Rome. Vorenus and Pullo are two of the baddest mofos you'll ever see on film. The dynamic between them was just perfect, and they kicked all kinds of ass. It's awesome.

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Post by Mercedes on Thu May 07, 2009 4:27 pm

So you saw Serenity first? Man, I fell in LOVE with that series, and then they were canceled and were all, "Holy crap, I have to tie everything up together really quickly! AHHHHH!" So the characters didn't seem true to themselves in the movie, I thought. But it was all because they had to squash so much in there. I get it, but it doesn't mean that I like it.

I haven't seen Lost. It seems like too much of a time commitment. Hmmm. Maybe after I finally get around to watching Pan's Labyrinth! I mean, sheesh, that's only two hours! I'm such a media slacker.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Fri May 08, 2009 2:23 am

Kenwood wrote:
Have you seen Rome and Deadwood?

Neither one... No

I need access to this Netflix list!! banghead

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Post by Kenwood on Fri May 08, 2009 2:36 am

Man, both amazing series. But if you are offended by cussing, you may want to skip Deadwood. It's pretty brutal on that front.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Fri May 08, 2009 11:24 am

I wouldn't say I'm offended, but I get bored pretty quick if it's pointless and plotless. Pulp Fiction is my favorite movie of all time.

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Post by Kenwood on Fri May 08, 2009 1:12 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:I wouldn't say I'm offended, but I get bored pretty quick if it's pointless and plotless. Pulp Fiction is my favorite movie of all time.
No, it's not like Superbad. By the end of that movie I wanted to kill the little fat kid. I have no problems with cussing, but that movie was just insane.

Deadwood is different. It's fits into the dark, dirty nature of the series.



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Post by scottmitchell74 on Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:09 pm

And they plan on doing all seven books? Holy shit! Wouldn't that be awesome?

If this happens it will be the series of my lifetime. A Song of Ice and Fire (so far) has become my favorite ever.

Tyrion is my favorite character in fiction and Dinkledge should portray him well. Can't wait!

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Post by Jameson T. Caine on Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:51 am

Recent casting news:

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=57293

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:51 am

Sean Bean as Ned Stark! YES! headbang

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