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By Damilola Faustino

HBO has finalised the deal for ‘Who Fears Death‘, their adaptation of the sci-fi novel by Nnedi Okorafor.

The new film will have Game of Thrones author, George R. R. Martin, former HBO president, Michael Lombardo, and Angela Mancuso as executive producers.

HBO had agreed with Martin to produce the series back in July.

Following the report, Martin took to Russian blogging platform LiveJournal to share details on how they selected screenwriter Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, who will also be co-executive producer, to write the pilot:

“It was not an easy selection. We considered dozens of terrific writers, finally winnowed it down to half a dozen strong finalists, and interviewed each of them at length. I was not able to be in LA for the interviews myself, though I took part by phone… but executive producers Michael Lombardo and Angela Mancuso, our development executives from HBO, and of course Nnedi Okorafor were all in the room for every interview. All of us loved what Selwyn had to say about WHO FEARS DEATH, and how he would like to bring it to the screen. It’s a powerful book, but not an easy adaptation by any means… but we think we’ve found the right writer for the assignment.”

Okorafor, who will be a consultant on the show published Who Fears Death, published in 2010 by DAW, an imprint of Penguin Books, received the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award “for an outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity.

Once again, Nigerians are #KillingItAbroad!

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