HBO must be properly shitting themselves at the moment as they get ever closer to the final run of episodes of the insanely successful ‘Game of Thrones‘ series and are manically searching for the next big show to keep that conveyer belt of sweet, sweet moneys rolling in.

Obviously step one is to secure the peeps behind ‘GoT‘ itself to stay in the network’s family, which we’ve already seen with show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss announcing their next HBO gig (spoiler: it didn’t go down a treat) and now we have news that ‘GoT‘ Daddy and ‘A Song Of Ice & Fire‘ author George R.R. Martin himself will also be sticking around.

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In what some are calling a direct response to the shitstorm that resulted in David and Dan’s alt-history slave show announcement, HBO has tasked Martin with bringing to life a hugely popular post-apocalyptic, sci-fi novel set in a future Sudan and predominantly featuring African characters.

The novel in question, ‘Who Fears Death‘ by Nigerian-American writer Nnedi Okorafor, was released in 2010 to huge acclaim and explores a dystopic Africa where two human races, one dark-skinned and one light-skinned, struggle to co-exist amongst sorcery and warfare (those last two sound familiar no?).

George R.R. Martin To Helm African-Set Sci-Fi For HBO When ‘GoT’ Wraps

Martin will produce the drama alongside former HBO president Michael Lombardo with the script to be adapted by author Selwyn Seyfu Hinds.

No word on ETA of the new show, however two things are known. Firstly it won’t be until after ‘GoT‘ wraps in either 2018 or 2019 and secondly it wont be until after he finally releases his next book ‘The Winds of Winter‘ because his fans would Red Wedding the hell out of him otherwise.

Source: Deadline
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