Who Fears Death, which will be written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, is based on the sci-fi fantasy novel by Nnedi Okorafo. It was Okorafor who in July tweeted that her book is being optioned by HBO for a series produced by Martin.
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.
Martin and Lombardo executive produce with Angela Mancuso. Hinds is co-executive producer while Okorafor will serve as consultant.
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 falls under Martin’s overall deal with HBO which also includes his involvement in the planned GOT spinoffs currently in development at HBO.
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.” Okorafor followed Who Fears Death with a prequel, The Book of Phoenix, published by DAW in 2015.