‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin Working on TV Adaptation of African Fantasy Novel

Game Of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has reportedly signed on to adapt the acclaimed fantasy novel Who Fears Death for TV.

Author Nnedi Okorafor broke the exciting news to fans on Twitter on Monday, revealing Martin was working on the project for U.S. cable network HBO.

“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,” she wrote.


Okorafor’s 2010 book is set in post-apocalyptic Sudan, in Africa, where the light-skinned Nuru tribemembers enslave the darker-skinned Okeke people. The story focuses on protagonist Onyesonwu, a child of rape whose name means ‘who fears death’. She embarks on a mission to avenge her mother’s rape by using her magical powers to track down and attempt to defeat her father, a Nuru sorcerer.

Officials for Martin and HBO have yet to comment on the news of the small screen adaptation.

It’s the latest TV project for Martin, who is currently working on a series of prequels for his hit Game of Thrones franchise, while he is also still trying to finish the sixth instalment of his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, following the 2011 release of the last book in the franchise, A Dance with Dragons.


He had been hoping to have the sequel, The Winds of Winter, complete in time for 2016, to coincide with the broadcast of the sixth season of the Game of Thrones TV adaptation, but he failed to hit his deadline, leaving show creators to base their future plotlines on the book ideas Martin had outlined for them in order to move forward with the project.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday.



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