George R.R. Martin has never been shy about expressing about his desire to see Game of Thrones eventually transfer from it's current small screen incarnation into a final, plot-wrapping up movie - and recent comments by the author at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival remained very much in that vein:
“If we go seven or eight seasons and then the show is still big enough that we can get the $200 million to finance a huge epic movie to end it … sure!...But that doesn’t mean it has been approved. Some people like the idea. Other people don’t like the idea.”
Now, some out there might imagine that Martin's support has more to do with the large cut of the movie's profits that he'd be liable to receive - which is a fair point, though you'd imagine he's made enough in royalties already to not be all that strapped for cash. There are other possible motivations lying behind his support, though.
Big, hulking, potentially (very mildly) SPOILER-y, ones.
Josh Wigler, writing for MTV.com, recently argued in favor of two potential reasons behind Martin favoring a concluding movie: that it would buy him some more time to actually finish the sixth and seventh books in the series, and - more significantly, perhaps - that his plans for the final book might just require a whole lot bigger budget than the series could muster.
Now, Wigler is definitely on to something here - there's something awesome about watching episodes like Blackwater and The Watchers on the Wall be achieved so successfully on a reduced budget. If the series' final battle is as epic as many of us suspect, though, will those sort of limitations be too...well, limiting?
Factor in the increasingly massive - and thus expensive to produce via CGI - dragons, and the distinct possibility of magic, explosions and all manner of yet-to-be-written creations appearing in the finale, and this certainly makes a lot of sense..
It strikes me, though, that there could be another, more narrative-based thought running through Martin's head. The series' cast of characters is steadily dwindling, and (book related, but not general point-changing comment below)...
...this trend continues within the books, along with the plot gradually pulling it's leading characters back towards a final, Westeros-set conflict.
Considering this trend, is it possible that Martin foresees a point at which his cast of central characters will be too small to fit comfortably into the pattern of the series so far - and thinks that a movie would better fit a substantially reduced cast and focus?
Either that, or he wants to see an even bigger battle than the one by the Blackwater...
Or, he just really wants to see a dire wolf on the big screen.
Which, come to think of it, is a good enough reason by itself.
[Game of Thrones](movie:817617) is set to return to TV in 2015. The movie remains unconfirmed...
What do you guys think? Do you want to see Game of Thrones end with an epic, big budget movie?