A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin told the Hollywood Reporter that the prospect of a Game of Thrones movie is being actively discussed, possibly as a concluding chapter to the TV series.
“It all depends on how long the main series runs,” George said, on Wednesday following the Season 4 premiere in New York. “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.”
George also said another big-screen possibility being considered is one based on Tales of Dunk and Egg, a series of prequel novellas set in Westeros 90 years before the events depicted in A Song of Ice and Fire.
“They could be the basis for [a film],” George said “I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more.”
George says the prequel characters are the direct ancestors of some of Game of Thrones characters, but he wouldn’t reveal how they relate. Popular fan theories include Hodor and Brienne of Tarth as descendants of Ser Dunk.
George also discussed his plans to keep ahead of the show in an interview with Vanity Fair last week
“The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. A Dance with Dragons is itself a book that’s as big as A Storm of Swords. So there’s potentially three more seasons there, between Feast and Dance, if they split into two the way they did [with Storms]. Now, Feast and Dance take place simultaneously. So you can’t do Feast and then Dance the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published The Winds of Winter, which’ll give me another couple years. It might be tight on the last book, A Dream of Spring, as they juggernaut forward.”
Producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have discussed wanting to wrap the show up in seven seasons, HBO wants eight. We think more could be a distinct possibility, although it seems George is no longer threatening to write ten books and seems confident he will conclude with A Dream of Spring. Considering the many changes that have been made and the characters that have been omitted to squeeze the epic series of novels into ten hours of television per season, I think it’s more of a concern whether Dan and Dave can keep up with George.