Rock Stars, 'Thrones' Coming to HBO
Network projects include show based on Anthony Kiedis' life
The cable network has ordered a pilot for a fantasy series based on the "Song of Fire & Ice" series of novels, and has started to work with Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis on a show about his unconventional upbringing.
Additionally, the showbiz trade papers report, the network is developing a comedy set in the days after the 1987 stock market crash.
The Kiedis project is tentatively titled "Scar Tissue," and will focus on the relationship the young Kiedis had with his father, Spider, a fixture on the Sunset Strip rock scene in the 1970s who, legend has it, supplied the likes of Led Zeppelin and others with drugs.
Marc Abrams and Michael Benson (" Entourage," "The Bernie Mac Show") will write the script and executive produce with Kiedis, who may provide narration for the show as well.
The fantasy project will be called "Game of Thrones," taken from the first novel in George R.R. Martin's "Song of Fire & Ice" series. The saga is set in a world where seasons last for years and focuses on the power struggles of two families and the advancing menace of creatures from the frozen north.
David Benioff ("Troy," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") and D.B. Weiss are writing the pilot script. Former HBO executive Carolyn Strauss is also among those involved with the pilot.
Finally, HBO is in the early stages of development on "The Review," a comedy from writer Andy Bellin. The show follows a banker-turned-writer who starts a new job at a literary magazine soon after the stock crash of '87 -- and just as the magazine's future is threatened. Bellin has written for the Paris Review and other magazines.