George R.R. Martin no longer seems content just to wear a writer’s had and has signed on to be an Executive Producer for Nnedi Okorafor’s ‘Who Fears Death’ for HBO! With another “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel looming, Syfy tackling ‘Nightflyers‘, and HBO creating four or five ‘Game of Thrones‘ spinoffs in the works it is a bit surprising to see that the author has time to pick this one up, but that clearly means he is very excited about the project.
The novel itself came out in 2010 through Penguin Book’s DAW imprint and had won the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award “for outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity.” and the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel.
The work takes place in Sudan in a post-apocalyptic world and follows Onyesonwu which in Igbo means “who fears death.” She is an Ewu or a “child of an Okeke woman who was raped by a Nru man.” When she comes of age, she uses her magical powers to try and defeat the sorcerer Daib who also happens to be her father. Fantasy, magic, complicated family issues? No wonder Martin is interested!
You can check out Nnedi’s excitement for the news in the Tweet below!
My novel WHO FEARS DEATH has been optioned by @HBO & is now in early development as a TV series with George RR Martin as executive producer. pic.twitter.com/POF7Dj2hWP
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) July 10, 2017
Sounds like a very interesting series though I’m sure a few fans are going to happily complain that this will further delay Martin’s books that much more.
Are you looking forward to a televised take on Nnedi Okorafor’s ‘Who Fears Death’? Do you think this will slow down Martin from finishing his novels? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter