George R. R. Martin, author of the hit epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice, has put his name to a new television series based on the novel WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor.
Martin will be involved in a small way as an executive producer, and has his hand in producing the pilot episode being filmed very soon.
Writing on his ‘Not A Blog‘ space on his website, Martin said:
“I am pleased and excited to confirm that much. I met Nnedi a few years ago, and I’m a great admirer of her work. She’s an exciting new talent in our field, with a unique voice. Even in this Golden Age of television drama, there’s nothing like WHO FEARS DEATH on the small screen at present, and if I can play a part, however small, in helping to bring this project to fruition, I’ll be thrilled.”
He added: “I will be an Executive Producer on WHO FEARS DEATH but I will not be the Executive Produce, i.e. the showrunner. That’s an important distinction. Should we move forward, there will be a number of Executive Producers, and probably some Co-Executive Producers and Supervising Producers and Producers as well. This is television.
I will not be writing the pilot script or adapting Nnedi’s novel, and it’s doubtful that I will write any episodes should we go to series. Look, I probably won’t be writing episodes of ANY television shows until WINDS OF WINTER is done and delivered, and that goes for the five GAME OF THRONES successor shows as well. Other writers will be scripting those pilots, and the same is true for WHO FEARS DEATH. Last week we spent most of an afternoon interviewing some great young talents, in hopes of finding the right person to script the pilot. I was part of that process, and Nnedi was too. No deal yet, but we may have an announcement soon.
It should be stressed that this project is still in its early stages. There’s a long road ahead. Pilot script, pilot order, series order. But the hope of everyone involved is that, by the end, we can produce something truly special.”
After its release in 2016 Noah’s memoirs spent 26 weeks on the bestseller list and has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards.
Nyong’o will play Noah’s mother, Patricia, an important figure during her son’s formative years. She was shot in the head by her partner, Noah’s stepfather, while returning from a church service in 2009, and thankfully survived.
Trevor Noah is producing the project through his production company Ark Angel Productions alongside Lupita Nyong’o and others.
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