HBO has officially picked up Who Fears Death, a sci-fi drama series produced by Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin and based on Nnedi Okorafo’s 2010 award-winning novel of the same name.
The news comes more than two months after Okorafo first revealed via Twitter that Who Fears Death was being optioned by HBO as a TV series. Now the deal is done, and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds will pen the series.
Who Fears Death takes place in a post-apocalyptic North Africa (the book setting is in Sudan) and follows the story of Onyesowu (her name literally means “who fears death”) as she goes on a quest to defeat her “hated sorcerer father” by using her own growing magical powers. The book was released to a ton of acclaim in 2010, winning the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and landing a nomination for the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
Executive producing alongside George R.R. Martin is former HBO boss Michael Lombardo and Angela Mancuso. Hinds will co-executive produce the series, with Okorafor acting as consultant.
The new series falls under Martin’s overall deal with HBO, which also includes the Game of Thrones spinoffs (or rather, prequels) being developed as we speak. Another high-profile project from GRRM currently in the works is Nightflyers, which just received a straight-to-series order over at SYFY.
Are you excited about Who Fears Death being developed as a series on HBO?