Martin Creating Original HBO Series. Acclaimed Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin is currently developing a new television program for HBO. The series is tentatively titled Captain Cosmos and will focus on a young science-fiction writer in 1949, who creates stories that no one else would dare to write. The pilot is being written by Z Nation writer and co-executive producer Michael Cassutt.
While the project is still in the early stages of development, it has been repeatedly pointed out that Captain Cosmos will not be consuming a large portion of Martin’s time. Martin released the first book in his A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series back in 1996 and rabid fans have been anticipating the epic saga’s closing chapter of his for almost two decades. It appears that Martin and HBO are trying to get out ahead of the extremely vocal critic’s that don’t want to wait another decade for the final two books in the series to be released.
Martin also chimed in on losing his momentum while writing the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter.
I was red hot on the book and I put it aside for six months. I was so into it. I was pushing so hard that I was writing very well. I should have just gone on from there, because I was so into it and it was moving so fast then. But, I didn’t because I had to switch gears into the editing phase and then the book tour. The iron does cool off, for me especially.
Martin taking time of from the Song of Ice and Fire series doesn’t automatically equate to a bad thing. Martin’s most vocal critics point out that between the combination of his age and the rate at which he releases work, we may never see the series completed. I can’t speak to how Martin prefers to operate, but many artists need time away from their defining work in order to rejuvenate themselves and return to the fold with a fresh perspective. Collaborating with Michael Cassutt and HBO may be the spark that Martin needs to keep that “creative iron” smouldering.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly