It seems that the television station HBO has greenlit a television series based on A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. Here is the news from Hollywood Reporter:
HBO greenlights 'Game of Thrones' to series
Winter is, indeed, coming.
HBO has greenlighted highly anticipated fantasy series "Game of Thrones."
The premium network has picked up the project for a first season debut next spring (below is the first released photo from the series). Nine episodes plus the pilot have been ordered. Production will begin in Belfast this June.
From the moment the project was first announced in development, the series based on the George R.R. Martin novels has generated enormous, perhaps unprecedented, online interest for a series at such an early stage.
The sprawling tale set in the mythical land of Westeros tells the story of the noble Stark family who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (played by Sean Bean) becomes the king's new right-hand man. The four-and-counting books in the series would each be used as one season of the series.
Unlike many fantasy novels, the "Thrones" series largely avoids relying on magical elements and instead goes for brutal realism -- think "Sopranos" with swords. Martin, a former TV writer ("Beauty and the Beast"), writes each chapter as a cliffhanger, which should lend itself well to series translation. David Benioff and Dan Weiss are the series creators.
Hollywood Reporter also has a list of the cast (with photos), showing Sean Bean as Eddard and Jason Momoa as Drogo. They also have a promotional photo:
I must admit though that I've never read any of Martin's books. It is my understanding that they're a fantasy staple, but I find myself reluctant to try them because I've got the impression that they tend to be fairly... depressing. But The Escapist has a bit on the plot of the first book (I think without really spoiling anything):
Sean Bean plays Eddard Stark, who is asked to take the position of the Hand of The King for his friend Robert Baratheon. Stark reluctantly takes the job and relocates his family from Winterfell castle in the North to the seat of the Seven Kingdoms, King's Landing. The Stark family, from dutiful wife Catelyn and impetuous Robb to tomboy Arya and princess Sansa, are noble islands in a sea of intrigue which includes the king's wife, Cersei Lannister and her brothers, the great knight Jaime and the dwarf Tyrion (played by the Dink). There's a whole slew of subplots involving dragons and supernatural Others on the other side of an ancient wall, but it's just too huge to explain it all. Suffice to say, it is awesome and thankfully doesn't swing too far on the fantasy spectrum.
The plan is for the first season to encompass the events of the first book in the series, with the finale ending on the same cliffhanger. If that's the case, then you are all in for a great ride.
Winter is Coming!
And here I thought that it was almost spring.
[link] to greenlight news at Hollywood Reporter.
[link] to cast list at Hollywood Reporter.
[link] to announcement at The Escapist.