While HBO has renewed the popular Game of Thrones for a sixth season, the network has no plans to develop the series into a feature film, programming president Michael Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly.
According to Lombardo, the decision against producing a feature film is due to HBO's current requirement for viewers to pay a subscription fee to view the television series. He says:
"Certainly there have been conversations where it's been said, ‘Wouldn't it be cool to do that?' But when you start a series with our subscribers, the promise is that for your HBO fee that we're going to take you to the end of this. I feel that on some level [a movie would be] changing the rules: Now you have to pay $16 to see how your show ends."
As previously stated by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, it's believed the show will wrap following seven or eight seasons. Lombardo, on the other hand, hopes for a longer run.
"This is the hard part of what we do," he said. "We started this journey with David and Dan. It's their vision. Would I love the show to go 10 years as both a fan and a network executive? Absolutely."
He goes on to say: "We'll have an honest conversation that explores all possible avenues. If they weren't comfortable going beyond seven seasons, I trust them implicitly and trust that's the right decision—as horrifying as that is to me. What I'm not going to do is have a show continue past where the creators believe where they feel they've finished with the story."
As was previously announced, Apple has launched HBO Now, a new streaming service which will be the only place you'll be able to watch HBO Now content on your television without having to pick up a costly cable package. The $15-per-month subscription service will give you access to HBO's content without having to go through a cable carrier, but you'll still need to go through an Apple device, at least for now, or your PC.
This comes after news that last December the show was pirated 8.1 million times, and enjoyed a viewership of around 7.2 million individuals. The next show on the most pirated list had only 4.8 million downloads against 17.3 million viewers.
Season 5 of Game of Thrones premieres April 12, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. According to HBO: "The entire fifth season of the Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Peabody-winning series will be simulcast to HBO branded networks and broadcast partners across the world, creating a global television event week after week throughout the season's 10-episode run."