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Who Fears Death - Fantasy Novel from Nnedi Okorafor in Development at HBO with George R.R. Martin Producing *Updated*



14th September 2017 - Development Deal; George R.R. Martin & Michael Lombardo Producing

HBO has closed a development deal for “Who Fears Death” a series from executive producer and “Game of Thrones”creator George R.R. Martin.

Joining Martin as executive producers are former HBO programming president Michael Lombardo and Angela Mancuso. Selwyn Seyfu Hinds will write and co-executive produce.
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HBO has closed deals for Who Fears Death, a drama series in development, which will be executive produced by Game Of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin and former HBO President Michael Lombardo.

The project reunites Lombardo, who oversaw HBO’s programming when GOT was developed, launched and won its first best series Emmy Award, and Martin, on whose books the fantasy series is based and who executive produces the blockbuster drama, now heading into its final season.

Who Fears Death tells the coming of age tale of Onyesowu in post-apocalyptic North Africa where her story makes her an outcast. She must go on a journey from self-reproach to love, but to do so she’ll have to overcome untold obstacles—defeating her hated sorcerer father and becoming the instrument of prophetic deliverance for a land of oppressed people, all the while fighting to master the terrifying powers growing inside her.
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10th July 2017 - In Development



With the end of Game of Thrones in sight, HBO and George R.R. Martin are looking for their next act outside of the fantasy drama.

Author Nnedi Okorafor announced Monday that the premium cable network has optioned her 2010 science fiction and fantasy novel Who Fears Death with the Game of Thrones creator on board to executive produce and adapt the series for the small screen. HBO declined comment, and sources note the deal is not officially completed.

Published by Penguin Books imprint DAW, Who Fears Death takes place in a fictionalized post-apocalyptic future version of Sudan. It revolves around Onyesonwu (Igbo for "who fears death") who is an Ewu, the child of an Okeke woman who was raped by a Nuru man. When she reaches maturity, she uses her magical powers in a bid to defeat her sorcerer father Daib.

The novel won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel as well as the Carl Brandon Kindred Award in 2010 for outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity."

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