“Game of Thrones” has been a significant hit in both ratings and reviews for HBO, snagging Emmy nominations while winning over audiences with a signature mixture of fantasy intrigue, sexposition, dragons and a fierce Peter Dinklage. So it’s more than reasonable that the cable network would want to work more with writer George R. R. Martin — the author of the ongoing “A Song of Ice and Fire” series on which the show is based seems to have some pretty good TV ideas. Deadline reports that Martin’s signed now a two-year overall deal with HBO in which he’ll stay on as the “Game of Thrones” co-executive producer while developing and producing new series.
This should prove bittersweet news to Martin devotees, many of whom were maddened by the six-year gap between “A Feast for Crows,” the fourth installment of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and “A Dance with Dragons,” the fifth. The more TV work he has, the less time he will presumably spend finishing up the planned two last volumes of the series. Martin’s been harangued by impatient fans in the past who’ve seemed ready to “Misery” him as “A Dance with Dragons” was increasingly delayed, some taking issue with his choice to work on other projects at the same time.
“Some of you are angry that I watch football during the fall. You don’t want me ‘wasting time’on the NFL, or talking about it here,” Martin wrote on his blog back in 2009.
Some of you hate my other projects. You don’t want me co-editing WARRIORS or the Vance anthology or STAR-CROSSED LOVERS or any of the other projects I’m doing with my old friend Gardner Dozois, and you get angry when I post about them here. For reasons I don’t quite comprehend, the people who hate those projects seem to hate WILD CARDS even more. You really don’t want me working on that, “wasting time” on that, and posting about it here. Some of you don’t want me attending conventions, teaching workshops, touring and doing promo, or visiting places like Spain and Portugal (last year) or Finland (this year). More wasting time, when I should be home working on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. After all, as some of you like to point out in your emails, I am sixty years old and fat, and you don’t want me to “pull a Robert Jordan” on you and deny you your book. Okay, I’ve got the message. You don’t want me doing anything except A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Ever. (Well, maybe it’s okay if I take a leak once in a while?)
Ah, fans. It remains to be seen how such folks with react to this HBO news. Meanwhile, season three of “Game of Thrones” premieres on March 31st. Martin’s past TV work includes writing for the “Outer Limits” revival and the ’80s “Beauty and the Beast,” on which he also served as a co-supervising producer and executive story consultant.