Ben is a lifelong Nintendo fan who likes to build websites, and make video games. He buys way too much Lego.
I have mentioned my love of George RR Martins books before. Since reading the song of ice and fire books, I have read a few of his other individual books/ collaborations, and a couple of short stories and they are all equally great, so when I read the news earlier today I was filled with a mixture of joy and fear.
HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series “A Song of Fire & Ice” into a dramatic series to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“Fire” is the first TV project for Benioff (“Troy”) and Weiss (“Halo”) and will shoot in Europe or New Zealand. Benioff and Weiss will write every episode of each season together save one, which the author (a former TV writer) will script.
On one hand it’s great that HBO have picked up the rights to create a tv series based upon the “A Song of Fire & Ice” stories, and on the other hand… they had better not ruin it! So many fantasy stories go wrong when they are translated to film (big or small) that I am incredibly concerned. The thing they have to remember is to play it straight. Don’t go camp, or cheesy, and concentrate on the characters before the action and the special effects. Make it believable and everything will go just fine. Mess it up and they will have me to answer too (and hopefully some other fans?).