George R. R. Martin, the author whose book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, is the source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones, has signed a two-year overall deal to develop and produce new series for the network.
In addition, Martin will continue to serve as co-executive producer of Game of Thrones, and will work alongside long-time manager Vince Gerardis, who is attached to his HBO development deal.
While this is great news for fans of the show, fans of the novel will more than likely be annoyed by yet another Martin side project to distract him from actually writing the last two books in the series. The books are getting bigger and more meandering, plot-wise, but I love spending time in such a richly-realized world, so I don’t mind that Martin is ballooning the size of his narrative to an unmanageable degree. Yet, while I’m not one of those fans who feels as though Martin owes him anything, I would like to see his story actually get the chance to be told to completion.
Let’s hope this deal allows him the free time to do just that.
Season 3 of Game of Thrones premieres March 31 on HBO.