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George RR Martin, ‘A Game of Thrones’ Author, Signs 5-Year Deal with HBO

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'Tolkien' film premiere, Arrivals, Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles, USA - 08 May 2019
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George RR Martin, the author of  A Game of Thrones, signed a five-year deal with the television network HBO, under which he will be creating content for both HBO and HBO Max.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the author’s contract is worth eight-figures.

Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice book series spawned off the successful TV series Game of Thrones, which ran for eight seasons between 2011- 2019. Currently, there are multiple series in the works at HBO and HBO Max that are set in the Game of Thrones universe.

The network is working on a new series House of Dragons, which is set a few hundred years before Game of Thrones. Martin is the co-creator and executive producer of the show. It is set to launch in 2022.

According to Variety, Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Eggs is also being adapted for television. The series serves as a prequel for Game of Thrones and it is in early development. The author will serve as the show’s executive producer.

Martin is also set to develop Who Fears Death, a series based on author Nnedi Okorafor’s award-winning 2011 postapocalyptic novel, and Roadmarks, a show that will be adapted from Roger Zelazny’s 1979 fantasy novel.

He is also the executive producer of both the shows.

Apart from HBO, Martin is working on a project for the streaming service Peacock. Based on the anthology novels Wild Cards, the series was originally supposed to be developed by Hulu before moving to Peacock. His story, In the Lost Lands, is also being adapted into a feature film which will be directed by Paul WS Anderson. The film will star Milla Jovovich and Dave Bautista.

The four-time Emmy award-winning author is currently writing the sixth novel The Winds of Winter in the A Song of Fire and Ice series.

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