George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" coming to HBO

HBO has acquired the rights to produce a fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire & Ice books. The first films, A Game of Thrones is scheduled to film in late October 2009 in Northern Ireland.

The series, a "period epic set in imagined lands" has some decidedly adult themes and includes "flawed characters from seven noble families." A Game of Thrones will air in 2010.