George R.R. Martin Wants To End ‘Game of Thrones’ With a Movie
George R.R. Martin is getting worried.
Between reports that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss only plan to run Game of Thrones for another four seasons, tops, and the very real likelihood that the show will catch up with Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books before he can finish them, it seems like the author will soon be losing control of his own creation…unless the show serves not as the conclusion to a TV series, but rather as the jumping-off point for a film franchise.
In a recent interview, Martin pitched a way for Game of Thrones to catch up to the books without actually spoiling anything that will happen in them: turn the remaining books into movies!
“Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger [in scope],” Martin says. “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.”
In addition to brainstorming a potential Lord of the Rings-type epic, Martin also proposes that his prequel series, Tales Of Dunk And Egg, could make a good one-off film. Or, at the very least, a TV series. And I don’t disagree, as the Dunk and Egg novellas are terrific stories. HBO could also put the show on a Mad Men or Sopranos-like hiatus of a year-plus in order to give Martin more time to finish writing the main books, although it’s not exactly cost-effective, since the network will have to keep paying the actors anyway. And the brand might take a hit from disappearing from the airwaves for so long.
Of course, the need for all these stalling tactics could also be avoided if Martin simply finishes writing the next book instead of appearing at all these media functions. But that opens up an entire can of worms about what Martin actually owes fans, and if he even owes them a new book ASAP, at all. I just hope the eventual product ends up being better and less unwieldy than the last two books.
Via: AV Club