‘Game of Thrones’: Do Big Dragons Need the Big Screen?
Big dragons deserve the big screen. This was the suggestion offered by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday when asked if the landmark television series could make the jump to feature film.
“It all depends on how long the main series runs,” Martin said to The Hollywood Reporter. ”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.”
For fans, the idea is enticing, to say the least. Putting big money behind big dragons is the kind of idea that gets people out of the house and talking around the water cooler. Concluding the series with a feature-length film with a feature-sized budget may facilitate the translation from book to screen by affording the adapters the freedom they need to do the story justice, which everyone wants to see be done.
But there’s the risk of just the opposite: A feature film is time restricted in a way that a television series is not. The idea of packing an entire book’s worth of content into a single film is almost ludicrous, especially given how patiently the show’s producers have been working through the content. There are some obvious but awkward fixes to this — split the book into multiple movies, for example — but Martin has another idea.