With the HBO series Game of Thrones at the height of its massive popularity, fans are wondering whether a film version of the medieval fantasy might be on the horizon. George R.R. Martin, whose novels serve as the basis for the series and who has written many of the episodes, recently addressed the rumors of a film and the future of the program on his official blog:
“While I love this idea, it did NOT originate with me. It was a notion suggested to me, which I have enthusiastically endorsed. Sure, I love the idea. Why not? What fantasist would not love the idea of going out with an epic hundred-million [dollar] feature film? And the recent success of the IMAX experience shows that the audience is there for such a movie. If we build it, they will come. But will we build it? I have no bloody idea.”
Martin’s enthusiasm for a big screen adaptation may not be shared by HBO’s Michael Lombardo, who said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “When you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we’re going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie would be] changing the rules.”
Rumors have also been swirling about when the show will end. Although Martin insisted he doesn’t know how long the series will go, he admitted he would like to see it run for 10 seasons, as would HBO. However, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss prefer the show to wrap after seven seasons. So, how will this decision be reached? Lombardo said, “We’ll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues. If they weren’t comfortable going beyond seven seasons, I trust them implicitly and trust that’s the right decision—as horrifying as that is to me. What I’m not going to do is have a show continue past where the creators believe where they feel they’ve finished with the story.”
The fifth season of Game of Thrones debuts at 9 p.m. on April 12.