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Could The Wire Live On as a Movie?

It's hard for me to believe there are just three episodes left before The Wire goes off the air for good. But is the show's March finale really it forever?

In a recent interview with the LA Times, Dominic West (Jimmy McNulty) said he and some of the show's other main actors are trying to persuade creator David Simon to continue exploring Baltimore through a Wire movie. He said:

There’s just so much material and so many plot lines to go on, and I think Wendell [Barry, who plays Bunk] thought, why not make a movie? There’s a ready-made audience, and I think a lot of us feel it will be a long time before we get to act such great writing and with people we like as much as we all like each other.

West also said Simon "doesn't need persuading" to make a movie, but he does need a story — and he's apparently said it would need to be a prequel, which just makes me even more curious to see how the series ends.

It seems a little far-fetched; if Simon had five strong seasons planned out for The Wire, I'd hate to see him go messing with it by adding on. Then again, the prequel idea is interesting, and there were those back story videos made to promote this season, which revealed there's a lot more to these characters than what Simon has let us see on screen up till now. Could you imagine The Wire continuing in film form? Or do you think it's best to just leave the series be when it reaches its planned end?


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