Fantasy fans can celebrate today the news that HBO has given the greenlight for a pilot episode based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fantasy series, “A Song of Fire and Ice.”Â
The series will be called “A Game of Thrones,” based on the title of the first novel in the epic series.Â Â Martin has stated there are seven novels planned in the series and (right now) HBO is on-board to develop all seven for television.Â Â Each novel will be developed as a single season of the series.
“Thrones” will be produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
â€œHigh fantasy has never been done on TV before and if anybody can do it, itâ€™s HBO,” said Benioff. “Theyâ€™ve taken tired genres and reinvented them â€” mobsters in The Sopranos and Westerns with Deadwood.â€
The pilot is one of several in the running for a full-series pick-up on HBO.Â