George R.R. Martin Wants to End “Game of Thrones” on the Big Screen

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“A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin recently told the Hollywood Reporter that there are currently discussions to end the HBO series, “Game of Thrones” with a film rather than with the television series.

The long running fantasy novel series was originally planned as a seven-part series, the latest installment being “A Dance with Dragons,” published in July 2011. Meanwhile, the HBO show is premiering its fourth season, this Sunday, April 6, which is said to begin by adapting the latter part of the third book. That means that the show could catch up with the books fairly soon not to mention that the actors are aging faster than the series is progressing.

Martin told the trade at the Lincoln Center premiere for the fourth season last night that the show may run longer than the books:

“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.”

According to THR, we might also see more adaptation from Martin as his three prequel novellas, “Tales of Dunk and Egg,” set in Westeros 90 years before the events in “Game of Thrones,” are also being considered for a film adaptation. The prequel’s characters including Ser Duncan the Tall are somehow related as direct ancestors to those in “Thrones,” according to the author, though he won’t reveal how.

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