HBO Sings Of Fire and Ice

Finally someone seems to be planning an idea I’ve had floating around in my head for a while – take a popular series of novels utilising the same characters and turn each book into a season’s worth of shows.

HBO is trying that with plans to turn George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series “A Song of Fire and Ice” into a drama series by David Benioff (“Troy”, “Wolverine”) and D.B. Weiss (“Halo”).

Benioff and Weiss will write every episode of each season together save one, which the author (a former TV writer) will script. Shooting will take place either in Europe or New Zealand.

Variety indicates that the series will begin with the 1996 first book, “A Game of Thrones,” and will turn each novel into a season’s worth of episodes, Martin has nearly finished the fifth of seven installments.

The books follow the flawed characters from seven noble families and has a decidedly adult bent, with sex and violence comparable to series like “Rome” and “Deadwood”.

The whole thing makes one wonder what other book series would be good to adapt in the same or similar formats – maybe Anne Rice’s work or Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.