George R.R. Martin believes a feature length, high budget film might be necessary to “tie things up” for Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones, at this point, has entrenched itself quite firmly as one of television’s most highly regarded series. That being the case, if author and franchise creator George R.R. Martin can be believed, there could come a time where the show might abandon the living room and make its way to the big screen.
“It all depends on how long the main series runs,” he said in a recent interview. “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 [film] to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.”
Even if the main series doesn’t take that route however, Martin believes there may be a place in cinemas for some of his other Westeros-centric tales. According to the author, another potential source of material for a film could also be his Tales of Dunk and Egg stories. Taking place 90 years before the Song of Ice and Fire books that inspired Game of Thrones, the series is comprised of three novellas following the exploits of the knight Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg. “They could be the basis for a [film],” said Martin. “I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more.”
So what do you think? Would you like to see Game of Thrones transition into a full-fledged movie experience? Just personally, I’d prefer it to play out as it has been on HBO. Granted, the show could probably do some impressive things with the larger budget of a blockbuster film. Even so, I’d hate to see its complexity compromised to fit into the confines of a two hour film. That said, I could definitely see a place for the Tales of Dunk and Egg on the big screen. The Hedge Knight especially is a story that I think would translate particularly well.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter