False ASOIAF rumors

Adam Whitehead (Werthead) asked me to spread the word around, so let's hope that this will help set the record straight.

A few days back Mystar (yes, him again), came out and claimed that the ASOIAF series to be produced by HBO had been canned. The announcement was made in this thread on http://www.sffworld.com/. Needless to say, the news caused a bit of a stir among GRRM online fans. So let's make one thing clear: This is utter bullshit. Most people should have known better, especially with the news coming from that man and his "sources," at Tor Books no less!

This from Parris, George R. R. Martin's girlfriend (censored a bit):

Who would believe or write anything based on third hand information from a person supposedly connected to a publishing house that is not publishing the original source material?

A total load of steaming toxic pig censored.

Publishers only get involved with a movie/tv production if there's going to be a big promotional campaign that's going to cross over between the studio and the publishing house. TOR has nothing to do with the ASoI&F series. Now, if these rumours were based on a WILD CARDS film project, one would have to pause for a moment and consider the source. But TOR is not the publisher of ASoI&F, Bantam Spectra is, and the chasm between the SF publishing world and Hollywood studios is deep, wide and vast.

We have not heard anything, anything at all, about the current status of the option and possible pilot at HBO. We do know that HBO has a pilot script for AGOT, and that several layers of studio 'suits' have liked what they've seen so far. As Ran pointed out, with the current WGA strike and looming strikes by the other creative unions, few, if any, new projects can be confirmed right now, and it is unlikely studios will start filming new projects until the outcome of the strike(s) is determined. Usually what happens is the WGA takes it on the chin, and then the following guilds say "we'll have what the WGA had, only with extra pickles" and all is good in Hollywood and production schedules fill up once again. Yes, the studios are taking this opportunity to dump various development deals with indy producers and writers. There is NO indication that HBO is trying to dump the HBO project at this time.

There is a possibility that HBO could 'greenlight' pre-production. But no work on polishing the pilot script or working on creating following episodes/show bibles/anything to do with writing more on a ASoI&F series for HBO can be done under present circumstances. Still, it's further along than much of its competition at HBO, having a completed pilot script, and at least some pre-production could conceivably happen, or at least be ready to start once the strike was settled.

Did (the source) even try to find a second source for his 'news'? Does he understand what happens when a literary work is optioned and then is adapted for a film or tv series? I don't think so, and I resent him attempting to spread unfounded rumours, if not outright confabulations, about a project he can know nothing about.

To those who were a bit concerned about this, don't you think that GRRM himself would come out with the news on his own blog or website? Anything coming from Terry Goodkind's webmaster and friend for stuff which is not TG-related should not be given any credence, especially where GRRM and ASOIAF are concerned. . .

8 commentaires:

Adam Whitehead said...

Thanks, Pat. I'm not entirely sure if this was an act of malicious intent on Mystar's part or a genuine misunderstanding of events, compounded by his failure to find a secondary source (odd, for someone who spends so much time getting into edit-wars on Wikipedia).

I understand that some more definite news on the HBO adaption may be forthcoming on Westeros.org in the near future as well.

Aidan Moher said...

Ahh, it's good to hear that the series hasn't been negatively affected by the strike (no more so than everything else, I suppose). Seems kinda silly to spread a rumour like that without some sort of real confirmation, though...

Thanks Pat and Adam!

~Aidan
A Dribble of Ink

Balerion said...

The Westeros.org is up [url=http://www.westeros.org/ASoWS/News/Entry/2571/]here[/url], and doesn't expand too much on what's been said. Basically, the rumor is certainly wrong, and the development process (although on hold right now) has seemed to recieve a significantly positive response.

It doesn't mean something might not happen to foul it up. But it's more or less looking as good as it can at this stage.

Balerion said...

Meh. Sometimes I need to turn off my BBcode reflexes. :P Correct URL for the post is here.

The Monk said...

The claim is facially stupid by Mystar: ASOIAF is a Bantam/Spectra publication, NOT a Tor series.

Anonymous said...

Seldom-times lurker, seldom poster - who the heck is myStar?

Patrick said...

Mystar is one of the webmasters of Terry Goodkind's site and he's one of the author's friends...

Anonymous said...

god i would knock mystar the fuck out