There’s a certain risk in falling in love with an HBO show. Talk to fans of DeadwoodCarnivale and/or Rome and you’ll hear bitter tales like those spat out by jilted lovers. That won’t be the case with Game of Thrones, say HBO execs, who during a press tour today addressed plans for the show’s future. Along with that talk, there was brief mention of the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods, which is still in the very early stages. Read More »

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As you know, we’re big fans of long form interviews at /Film. In the past, we’ve posted extended 30-minute and possibly even one-hour interviews found on shows as Charlie Rose and other corners of the interwebs. Its rare that we see a filmmaker or screenwriter interviewed for anything longer than that. Well, this week The Kevin Pollak Chat Show had a 2 hour and fourty minute interview with Damon Lindelof, co creator and showrunner of Lost, producer for Star Trek, co-writer/producer for Star Trek 2, writer of Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens and Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.

During the interview, Lindelof talks about his twitter “feud” with Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, his inspirations, learning at NYU, his early life trying to make it in Hollywood, Stephen King and King film/TV adaptations, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, the creation of Lost and working with JJ Abrams, collaborating with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on Cowboys & Aliens, working with Ridley Scott on Prometheus and how it connects to the Alien films, how the writer’s strike allowed him to produce Star Trek while also working on Lost, brief thoughts on the newly announced 1952 project he’s working on for Disney, his Larry King impression, and much more. Watch the whole interview embedded after the jump.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Renewed For Second Season

Briefly: Good news for George R.R. Martin fans: the ratings have just come in for the debut episode of Game of Thrones on HBO, and the network has already taken the expected step of renewing the show for a second season. The ratings for the first episode weren’t amazing — Boardwalk Empire out-did Thrones in premiere numbers — but they were good enough, at 2.2 million viewers in the initial airing, and 4.2 million across all three premiere showings. But we more or less knew that a second season would happen. The sets, costumes and so forth are so expensive for this debut season that HBO almost needs another season to make money, and is probably looking forward to the eventual DVD box sets that will continue to generate revenue.

The second season will be based upon A Clash of Kings, which is the second novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series from author George R.R. Martin. [EW]

Good morning — how about starting the day (and the week) with a little epic fantasy? Last night HBO aired a preview of the debut episode of Game of Thrones, which begins the herculean task of adapting the massive A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin. The full episode will air in two weeks, but for now you can watch the same preview HBO ran. The twelve-minute opening of the show is online, and embedded below. Read More »

‘Game of Thrones’ Full Trailer

If you’re a fan of George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, this is your week. The fifth novel in the series, A Dance With Dragons, was officially announced yesterday, over five years after the publication of the last book. (That was A Feast For Crows, published in October 2005.)

And, more specific to our concerns, there is a new trailer for the HBO adaptation of the first novel in the series, Game of Thrones. This is, the company says, the first official full-length promo, and it has a lot of new footage. It’s probably the best spot yet released for the show, so check it out below. Read More »

‘Game of Thrones’ Premieres April 17

Briefly: Earlier today we saw some trailers and info on the new HBO offerings Mildred Pierce and The Sunset Limited. Now there’s a premiere date for Game of Thrones, the adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s novels with a pilot directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor). The show will debut Sunday, April 17.

Though I wasn’t knocked out by the trailer for this one I’m still on the hook, not so much because of the source material (which I know is the key factor for a great many fans) but because I’m so curious to see what Tom McCarthy and his cast have done with an adult fantasy setting. David Benioff and Dan Weiss are the lead writers and producers, and the cast includes Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Iain Glen, Lena Headey, Richard Madden and Sophie Turner. [EW]

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I’ve had people tell me to read George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire for years, but I’ve never been terribly interested. I’m much more taken with the idea of HBO’s television production Game of Thrones, based on the first book in the series, primarily because of the talent involved. (That’s the first still from the pilot, above.) Now with the pilot completed, HBO has greenlit a first season for the show. Read More »

Sean Bean Plays A Game of Thrones

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A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy series that begins with the novel A Game of Thrones, is being adapted into a series by HBO, and Sean Bean has just nabbed the lead role, according to THR. (This news was actually reported last week by the George R.R. Martin fansite Winter is Coming and I let it pass as too unsubstantiated. Oh, well.) Bean will play the honorable and upright Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, Warden of the North, who acts as advisor to King Robert I Baratheon, a role for which Mark Addy is in final talks. Read More »

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