“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.”
-G.R.R. Martin, during a recent interview at the [Game of Thrones](movie:817617)Season 4 premier.
There are a couple of angles that we can take this, as an ending to the series, as a direct prequel, or as the other books he is writing. I don’t like the first option, because even though a lot of people watch the series I don’t think it will draw in a good enough audience at the theater to see the conclusion to a story that has been going on on the small screen. That being said, none the less having that as a possibility to branch off onto other stories on theaters could work, just that the transition doesn’t seem very good.
The benefits of doing this is mainly budget wise, as Martin said during the interview the dragons are going to get huge, and they are already pretty big on the show (from what we have seen on trailers for season 4). The help from a bigger budget will impact the quality of the special effects needed for the closing chapters, specially if we will get a huge battle at the end which I think it will happen.
The second option is doing the the other books he is working on, this could go well out of the three options this is the second one I like best. The good things about this is that you will be starting off fresh, no backstory to worry about, no direct link to the HBO show and you can make a franchise out of this set of stories. The problem is part of the same as the pros, nobody knows this material except readers and a fresh start could help it might also hurt it. That is why I think the direct prequel would be the best shot. You can take a look at either when Westeros was divided and was conquered or something more recent (my personal choice because from what I’ve read I really want to know more about this) when Robert Baratheon took the throne. Why I think this one will work best is because there is sort of a middle ground. The story is fresh and we only know bits and pieces of what has happened through stories (even more on the books). The story there is huge and even though it doesn’t have much of a fantasy element (which helps the budget) it does have room for some really good action battles. Not only that but some characters from the show appear in these stories, that way we have some familiar faces in the mix without making it too connected to the show, it would stand alone but with some references. If we look at the older stories, these one’s work very well too, having lots of mythical creatures and good developments, but I still believe that it could get hurt from the lack of connectivity with the show completely.
What do you think, we could see a Game of Thrones movie in the future? If so what would you prefer?