‘Game Of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin Signs Overall Deal With HBO

EXCLUSIVE: George R.R. Martin, on whose fantasy book series HBO‘s hit drama Game Of Thrones is based, has signed a two-year overall deal with the pay cable network. Under the pact, Martin will continue as co-executive producer on Game Of Thrones, whose Season 3 premieres March 31. Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network. Attached to Martin’s upcoming HBO development is his long-time representative, manager Vince Gerardis. In addition to co-executive producing Game Of Thrones, Martin has written multiple episodes of the fantasy series. His TV writing credits also include The Twilight Zone and the original Beauty And The Beast. He is with WME.

Game Of Thrones quickly established itself as HBO’s next flagship series, combining ratings and critical success. Its most recent episode, the second-season finale in June, drew a series-high 4.2 million viewers in its premiere airing. For Season 2, GOT averaged gross audience of more than 10.4 million viewers per episode across various platforms. 

Comments (40)

  • You should be writing those two last fucking books, not developing new series.

    Comment by Alineware — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 3:49pm PST  
    • AMEN.

      Comment by MB — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:11pm PST  
    • Exactly.

      Comment by G — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:40pm PST  
    • Agreed. Don’t want a Robert Jordan reboot where the author dies before the series ended – but at least Jordan had a plan and had already identified an author to complete the series prior to his demise.

      Comment by doubtful — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:51pm PST  
      • *sigh* get your facts straight. While he had many, many, MANY notes, James Oliver Rigney didn’t pick Brandon Sanderson. Harriet did, when Rigney was already in the ground.

        Comment by Thesmilingsenshi — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 8:32pm PST  
        • He actually worked with him prior to death. *sigh* get YOUR facts straight dbag

          Comment by Mike — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:37am PST  
          • Brandon Sanderson never met or spoke to Robert Jordan before Jordan’s death. Sanderson apparently was once in the same room as him at a convention, but was too nervous to approach him.

            Harriet was impressed by Sanderson’s website eulogy for Jordan after Jordan’s death, and was sent a copy of the first MISTBORN book a few weeks later. She liked it, spoke to Sanderson and signed him up.

            Comment by Werthead — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:10am PST  
    • As a writer myself, to jump right into the next book in a series isn’t a smart thing to do. Your brain needs a mental break. Let the guy have some fun. He has (I’m assuming) given you plenty to enjoy over the years.

      Comment by J.B. Taylor — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 9:52pm PST  
    • seriously. get ‘er done.

      Comment by hell ya — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 10:18pm PST  
    • Ditto.

      Comment by Dee — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:52am PST  
    • He’s going to die before he finishes those books. Mark my words. He will die, and HBO will try to finish the story without him.

      Comment by Kyle — Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 10:10am PST  
  • Wow, Harry Knowles got old!

    Comment by Ain't It Cool — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 3:49pm PST  
  • Agreed!!

    Comment by CamFlo — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:09pm PST  
  • What about his previous works? I would love to take a hand at adapting a few of those.

    Comment by Curious Kristen — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:13pm PST  
  • Here’s an overall deal that’s actually well deserved.

    Comment by Monae Monae Monae — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:13pm PST  
  • I hope they can make something work with Wildcards.



    Comment by Cary Coatney — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:22pm PST  
    • I second Wild Cards! I think that HBO would even be the *only* channel (or studio) that would have the stomach to adapt the monumentally disturbing tenth book, “Double Solitaire.” Not to mention anything having to do with Fortunato.

      I would hope that they’d never get to the current pod of books in series that are centered around reality show celebs and the Middle East. With so little interaction with any of the major *heroic* characters from the first fifteen books aside from Captain Trips (as one of the main villains) and periodic cameos from Peregrine, the newer novels have lost the epic, multigenerational sprawl that made the series great and thus, any sense of stakes has gone out the window. But it’s not as if this shared-universe anthology is spearheaded by Tim Kring, either — and just those first fifteen books provide more than enough material to take it through 7 or 10 seasons.

      Comment by Rob J. — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 8:38pm PST  
    • SyFy have already optioned WILD CARDS. HBO would need to work with them or buy the rights. Normally that would be out of the question, but HBO certainly like to do things out of the ordinary.

      Comment by Adam Whitehead — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:11am PST  
  • Who knew, Harry Knowles got old and is now writing GAME OF THRONES.

    Comment by Nice pic — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:47pm PST  
  • YES!!! Please! It shouldnt take a decade to write a book!!

    Comment by Gina — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 4:51pm PST  
    • “It shouldnt take a decade to write a book!!”

      It can.

      It has.

      It will again.

      Comment by Adam-Troy Castro — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 5:20pm PST  
  • Oh for fuck’s sake, George – just cease with all this extraneous rubbish and finish the books. You produced two sub-standard works in eleven years, and written to nothing in the last two, other than your mandatory one GOT episode per season (hardly multiple episodes). No one cares about your side projects, or ever will. Just finish the books … or hand them over to someone who will.

    Comment by Rob — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 5:51pm PST  
    • Really?

      Comment by e — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 7:54pm PST  
    • From one Rob to another:

      Dude, unclench. Martin reportedly has outlines for the rest of the series so that it can be finished off if something happens to him before he can do it himself. Other than that, it’ll take however long it’ll take. It’s bloody likely that the GoT novels would be substantially different if he weren’t also pursuing his other novels, book series and short story collections because he’d be a totally different person, so I think that you should be happy with what you get when you get it.

      Comment by Rob J. — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 8:49pm PST  
      • Actually, he gave plot points so that HBO could finish the TV series, but he does not want another author to finish the series in the event that he dies: “Martin hopes that, after he surmounts the particularly thorny problems of “A Dance with Dragons,” the final two books will come much faster. Some detractors insist that he’ll never complete the series, and they like to kibbitz about who ought to fill in for him if he pulls a Jordan. Martin, however, has indicated that he will not permit another writer to finish “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The story begins and ends with him.”


        I would much prefer to have all 7 books then have to watch the last book or two on HBO. The TV isn’t quite the same and I’m not sure how far it will deviate. While I won’t go as far as to insult GRRM, I really hope he can get the last two books in his life time.

        Comment by Nick — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:43am PST  
    • Wow. What an entitled, rude jackass you are. Who the hell are you to make demands and threats to an author? It’s his series, he’ll finish them when he’s ready. Idiot.

      Comment by Patrick — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 8:54pm PST  
  • I am not an avid reader of anything but once I started the Thrones series, I could not put it down. I’ve tried writing.,it’s very hard. I am hopefull that George will tie up all the loose ends presented in the last book, but I think he should do it, not someone else,

    Comment by Ed — Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 8:01pm PST  
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