George RR Martin: “Game of Thrones was introduced as The Sopranos in Middle-earth”

George RR Martin said so game of Thrones, the hit HBO show based on his epic fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, was first sold to television stations and sold as: “The Sopranos in Middle-earth”.

On day two of the Santa Fe Literary Festival, Martin spoke about his history in Hollywood with friend and bestselling author Douglas Preston, noting that networks often look for pitches that “compare things to previous things that have been successful.”

He continued: “game of Thrones was first sold by David Benioff and Dan Weiss while I was still writing books, which I seem to be doing for the rest of my life! I haven’t been on TV for a few years. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners, were the guys who took it to HBO to see if they would buy it or take an option. Their pitch was: “The Sopranos in Middle-earth”. You have to be able to say that in one sentence!”

Later in his talk, Martin took time out to promote the new HBO series based on Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood. It will tell the story of the Civil War in Targaryen, which takes place some 300 years before the events of game of Thrones. He also offered a brief update on the forthcoming novel The Winds of Winter.

“On 21.08. house of the dragonthe continuation of game of Thrones, will air on HBO,” Martin said. “Meanwhile, I’m still working on the damn novels!”

Speak with The Independent Before his presentation, Martin commented on the alleged rivalry between them house of the dragon and the upcoming JRR Tolkien-inspired show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of PowerShe said: “I know a lot of articles, the minute the dates were announced, it was like, ‘Oh, the battle for fantasy supremacy. It’s Rings of Power vs House of Dragon, who will win?’ I don’t know why they always have to do that.”

He added: “I hope both shows are successful. I’m competitive enough. I hope we can do more. If they win six Emmys, and I hope they win, I hope we win seven. But nonetheless, it’s good for the imagination. i love fantasy I love science fiction. I want more shows on TV.”

The Independent, as the event’s international media partner, will cover every day of the festival with exclusive interviews with some of the headline writers. You can find more information about the festival on our Section of the Santa Fe Literary Festival or visit the Festival website. George RR Martin: “Game of Thrones was introduced as The Sopranos in Middle-earth”


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