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Amidst talks of a possible feature film adaptation of the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, actor Kit Harrington weighs in on what it would have to be.
In a recent interview with IGN to promote his new movie Spooks: The Greater Good, actor Kit Harrington — who plays Jon Snow on the hit HBO series — shared his thoughts on the topic of a Games of Thrones movie. Apparently, the Game of Thrones actor welcomes the idea of a feature film adapation of the series, but the timing would have to be right. Specifically, Harrington feels that a Game of Thrones movie at the end of the series would be most appropriate. I’m sure many fans would agree, particularly given his logic.
If they want to throw millions and millions of dollars at a two-hour movie in the future, I think it would almost have to be the climax of something, rather than a whole series squashed down into two hours. That wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
Clearly, the Spooks actor has no doubt in the plausibility of a Game of Thrones film, adding that the show lends itself to the big screen as evidenced by the success it has received in IMAX theaters. Harrington himself even admits to enjoying the big screen viewing of Game of Thrones during premieres. However, at this point it’s all merely speculation, as the show's creators and writers have given no indication the possibility of a movie version of the fantasy drama HBO series. As Harrington states:
I can’t tell you whether they’ll ever do that; I can’t tell you whether they’ll ever want to do that. They wrote it as a TV show and David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] felt it lent itself very well to episodic story-telling. I don’t know."
Like Harrington, George R.R. Martin, the writer whose books are the basis of the TV show, is all for a Game of Thrones movie, especially if it comes at the end of the series. In a separate interview at the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, IGN reported that Martin spoke to the possibility of a feature film to tie up the series. For Martin, whether the show runs for another seven, eight or 10 years, the books that the TV show is based on are sufficient enough to support a feature film. He also went so far as to estimate a $100 million dollar budget for a two-hour feature adaptation of the popular series.
In March, when HBO renewed Games of Thrones through season 6, the network confirmed that there are no plans for a Game of Thrones movie to end the series. Season 5 of Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.