He's never going to finish writing those last two books now.
George R.R. Martin, author of the book series that inspired the fantasy epic Game of Thrones, has signed a two-year overall deal with HBO. In addition to remaining co-executive producer on Game of Thrones, Martin will develop and produce new series projects for the premium cable outlet.
Beginning with A Game of Thrones in 1996, Martin wrote a series of lengthy fantasy novels collectively entitled A Song of Ice and Fire. When HBO adapted the books into an ongoing television series, the show quickly attracted a ravenous audience and became the network's new flagship program.
After averaging a gross audience of 10.4 million viewers per episode, Season 2 ended with the largest viewership in the history of the series when 4.2 million viewers tuned in for the first airing of the season finale. The show has enjoyed plenty of critical success as well.
Previously, Martin worked in television as a writer and executive story consultant on the mid-1980s revival of The Twilight Zone. Following the demise of the anthology series, he served as producer and co-executive producer on the original CBS Beauty and the Beast series, starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton. He has also penned a number of Game of Thrones episodes.
Can George R.R. Martin work his magic again for HBO?