HBO Series "A Game of Thrones"
Epic fantasy can be a difficult thing to translate over to television. For that matter it can be a difficult thing to translate over to the big screen. There have been some big successes and also some big failures. So, what is one of the early indicators of whether or not a movie or tv series in the genre will be good? You can get a good clue by who they are casting to act in it.
Well, HBO has given the green light to producing a series based on A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin which is the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. This is simply one of the best fantasy series ever written ( It made my top five list ).
Ok, about the cast
The cast is in place and it has some pretty heavy hitters. Sean Bean, who played Boromir in Lord of the Rings will play the lead role of Eddard Stark, and the role of Queen Cersei, will be played by Lena Headey who starred in 300 Opposite Gerard Butler. These are some big hitters and you really couldn't ask for any better than that.
This is not going to be a light hearted epic fantasy romp. It is going to be adult fare which makes sense because that is what the books are. They are well written and very deep with lots and lots of political intrigue and a whole boat load of cloak and dagger stuff. There is a lot of buzz about this series and they are saying it could be one of the best that HBO has produced.
This series could bring the genre of fantasy a long way. They have a great cast in place and it is rumored that the network spent between 5 and 10 million on the pilot. This is something that I am really looking forward to it and here is a quote from HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo "The fantasy is so incidental, it has a very adult tone. You forget it's fantasy while you're watching it, and that's what I love about it."
The first installment of the series is predicted to air somewhere around March or April of 2011.
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin This is a series of currently four books and the first book is A Game of Thrones published in 1996. There are three more books planned for the series and several prequel novellas. The fifth book in the series (A Dance with Dragons) is scheduled to be released at some point!) This series of books is more contemporary than the other series; It was started in 1996. And it tends to have much more of a Medieval Europe flavor to it. Political intrigue and the maneuverings between various factions play a big part in the story. There is a lot of cloak & dagger stuff.
- A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
- A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
- A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
- A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
- A Dance with Dragons(Release date not yet set)
- IMDB Page of the series
- TIME.com Article about the series
- Winter is Coming Blog
- George R.R. Martin official blog