HBO and George R.R. Martin Developing WHO FEARS DEATH

Written by Andrew Pollard Tuesday, 11 July 2017

TV News

With Game of Thrones now agonizingly close to returning to our screens, it looks as if another George R.R. Martin-guided series is on the way to the small screen in the future.

Courtesy of Variety, HBO is currently in early development on an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s novel Who Fears Death, with Martin on board as an executive producer. Okorafor herself confirmed the news on Twitter, as below:


At this stage, HBO has yet to comment and the deal is believed to be close but not yet officially closed.

The official synopsis for the award-winning Who Fears Death reads:

In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different--special--she names her Onyesonwu, which means "Who fears death?" in an ancient language. 

It doesn't take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. She is Ewu--a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by her community. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm, she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her. 

Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately learns why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.

As ever, expect more on all of this as we get it.

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