Could We See GAME OF THRONES On The Big Screen?
In just a couple weeks, the fourth season of the hugely popular Game of Thrones returns to HBO. The third season closed in with a jaw-dropping finale that left viewers speechless, with numerous questions running through their minds. There will no doubt be answers to some of those questions, as well as some new ones being introduced. There is no question, however, that the season will come with some new shocks and awes.
Not long ago, we learned that George RR Martin, the author of the Song of Ice and Fire series that the famed Game of Thrones is based on, had revealed his plans for the characters in his books to the producers of the show and that they plan to run for a total of seven or eight seasons. The popular series is quickly catching up to the books, with Martin still needing to write two more installments. At this pace, the television show will catch up to the books before he is done writing. However, some of those books will require two seasons to tell the full story, much like seasons 3 & 4 will cover the third book, so that should allow some time for Martin to proceed without too much pressure.
But there is a new possibilty that Martin is considering and that is feature films. While talking with The Hollywood Reporter at the recent season four Game of Thrones premier, Martin revealed that the prospect of taking the world of Westeros to the silver screen is being actively discussed.
“It all depends on how long the main series runs. Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.”
There are actually two options being discussed. the first would be to adapt the three novellas that Martin wrote called the The Tales of Dunk and Egg, which is set 90 years prior to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire. The story would essentially be a prequel to the current television series. Martin says there will be an additional 9 of the novellas in the series that follow Ser Duncan the Tall and the goings on in the world of Westeros.
The other option being discussed, but seems less likely to me, is to close out the current series with a big screen film, as mentioned in Martin’s quote. The reason I say this is less likely is that despite having a larger budget, how do you tell a story like that in the span of a two our film, where previously it has taken an entire season of one-hour episodes to tell the events of a single book, sometimes even half a book. Not to say it couldn’t happen, but it would be difficult.
What say you fans? Would you rather them stick to the current plan and finish the series off as just that- a series? The idea of a prequel could be interesting as well. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this one for you. And be sure to check out the return of Game of Thrones on HBO starting April 6th.
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