A few days ago, we told you that HBO had renewed George R.R. Martin’s contract for two more years of Game of Thrones as well as a new series deal. Now the author is finally shedding a bit more light on the subject after keeping mum.
Responding to a comment posted on his Not A Blog Livejournal, Martin had this to say:
Tuf [voyaging] would be fun. Dunk and Egg are being discussed. Robert's Rebellion is part of Ice & Fire, won't be a separate series. Sandkings was done by the OUTER LIMITS; I retain feature film rights, but television rights are gone.
I, CLAVDIVS? Heh, not likely. And talk about a suicide mission. I mean, I'll watch, but how do you match one of the greatest TV series ever made? That's the television equivilent of remaking GONE WITH THE WIND or CITIZEN KANE. No, thanks.
Then Martin talked about two of his other popular works – Wild Cards and Fevre Dream:
Ron Donachie would make a great Abner Marsh [in Fevre Dream]... but we're still trying to sell FEVRE DREAM as a feature film, not as a tv movie or miniseries. And there is a certain Big Name Director who has expressed interest... if he commits...
But I have said too much. One should never talk about these things until contracts are signed. Preferably in blood.
The WILD CARDS contracts have been signed, however. That one predates my HBO deal. Melinda Snodgrass has just delivered the first draft of her screenplay to SyFy Films, which is a partnership between Universal Pictures and the SyFy Channel. It is a feature film script, not a television pilot. So cross your fingers, kiddies.
On the subject of King Robert Baratheon’s Rebellion, Martin said:
I think the chances of any sort of film or tv version of Robert's Rebellion are remote.
To tell the truth, I have never understood why there is so much interest in this particular prequel. By the time I finish A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, you will know everything there is to know about Robert's Rebellion. If I then went on to write a novel, a trilogy, or a screenplay about same, it would be a novel, trilogy, or screenplay utterly without surprise, so the reader would know everything that was going to happen. I'd just be connecting the dots. I don't see the point.
We don't know about you, but we’re mighty curious about what new series Martin will come up with for HBO. Do you think it will indeed be Dunk and Egg even if HBO apparently does not have the rights to the Tales of Dunk & Egg? Could it then be about purchasing the adaptation rights? Or do you think it will be something completely new and unrelated to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros?