“Game of Thrones” has been one of HBO’s breakout hits during its first two seasons on the premium network. And on the verge of the upcoming third season, HBO has locked in series creator, George R.R. Martin for the near future.
Deadline is reporting that Martin and HBO have agreed upon a new two year deal that will keep Martin on “Game of Thrones” as an executive producer and allow him to develop and produce new TV projects for HBO.
Martin is one of the most acclaimed fantasy novelists, thanks in large part to his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series upon which “Game of Thrones” is based. However, Martin also has previous TV experience from the second television revival of “The Twilight Zone” and the “Beauty and The Beast” TV series that aired on CBS in the ‘80s.
This deal was a no-brainer for HBO. “Game of Thrones” averaged 10.2 million viewers per episode across all platforms during the second season and it is one of the rare TV series to be fully embraced by fans and critics.
The Deadline report isn’t clear on whether Martin will develop some of his other novels for HBO or come up with entirely new properties.
However, the one thing that everyone is hoping is that Martin manages to finish the sixth and seventh books in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series before “Game of Thrones” catches up to it. At this rate (with the third book, “A Storm of Swords” adapted across two seasons), “Game of Thrones” would run out of published material in 2016... unless the sixth book is released by then.
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