Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Yet another reason why HBO is awesome

Via TV Squad: HBO is planning to adapt for television George R. R. Martin's epic series of fantasy novels, collectively known as A Song of Ice and Fire. They propose to make each novel into one season of the TV series, seven seasons total to match the (eventual) seven books.

I'm skeptical. First of all, any announced project like this should be taken with a grain of salt up until you can actually see it on your television with your own beady little eyes. Secondly, the feasibility of ever being able to satisfactorily adapt these complex books, massive in story, setting, history, and cast of characters, into a TV series is a questionable proposition. Thirdly, there's Martin's chronic lateness problems that have plagued the release of each book in the series, and which at some point will surely have an impact on the HBO series as well.

That said: if this happens, it will be NERD HEAVEN. I'm intentionally trying to keep my excitement in check here by focusing on the reasons why it might not happen, because thinking "What if it does happen" is enough to make my brain explode with nerdly anticipation.

With this, and the recent announcement of plans to adapt the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon comic Preacher to the TV screen, HBO has just become the #1 source of geek-related bliss and hysteria on television, narrowly edging the Sci-Fi Channel. BLESS YOU, HBO!!

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