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Rejoice! Game of Thrones Coming to HBO

Get excited: HBO has greenlit A Game of Thrones, ordering a ten-episode series based on the first novel in George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire saga.

Waaay back when, in early 2007, HBO got fantasy geeks excited by buying the rights to A Song of Ice and Fire, but that excitement slowly dissipated when proceedings went pretty slowly (the Wikipedia article on the TV series provides a good timeline; thankfully, we haven’t heard “The Sopranos in Middle-earth” anywhere around the new series yet); now, they’ve been sparked back to life, with the series set to debut next spring.

The Hollywood Reporter Hollywood reports:

HBO has greenlighted highly anticipated fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

The premium network has picked up the project for a first season debut next spring (below is the first released photo from the series). Nine episodes plus the pilot have been ordered. Production will begin in Belfast this June.

From the moment the project was first announced in development, the series based on the George R.R. Martin novels has generated enormous, perhaps unprecedented, online interest for a series at such an early stage.

(THR via NeoGAF)

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