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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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fentanyl-g fentanyl-g 9 years
i know that simon had the whole series "planned" but it all didn't go as planned, omar was only supposed to be a seven show character or whatever. but i think front or back it would be hard but not impossible to create a plausible movie. the main problem would be everyone at the end was to far spread out to follow, a prequel might be interesting
summertimebrown summertimebrown 9 years
I don't see how that would be possible with the way the series ended.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i would LOVE david simon if he made a wire movie.
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
I can't believe there are only two episodes left! Ep. 10 shocked me, so I'm looking forward to the end and wishing it was further away at the same time.
i dont watch this show normally, but last nights was the WORST ever
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I don't know if a movie is a good idea. I love the show but sometimes it's better to let it be over and and still have the afterglow of a wonderful relationship. I think this show is genius and there are alot of directions it could go in but I wouldn't want to ruin the integrity of it all.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
I would love a movie, but doing a prequel makes me automatically assume a lot of people are going to bite the bullet between now and the finale.
PQChanel PQChanel 9 years
I would love to see the movie.. I'm so hating HBO for killing all my shows... first sex in the city, then the sopranos.. now the wire... I guess they're leaving room for Showtime to take over. Hey Dexter!!
Spy-Kitty Spy-Kitty 9 years
My favorite thing about The Wire is that David Simon & Ed Burns knew the story they wanted to tell, not only season to season but over the whole course of the series. If the movie was in line with their view of the series and the story they wanted to tell, then I'm in without hesitation. If a movie would be done just to spend more time with the characters, then I'm more reluctant to sign on. I know Simon & Burns had considered doing more with the mayoral election. Maybe they could tie something into the gubernatorial race?
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
As much as I love The Wire, I'm not sure that I like the film idea. I doubt that the final three shows will neatly tie up all of the story lines, but in many ways, maybe that's okay and a bit more satisfying than having everything wrapped up neatly. The beauty of the show is in its complexity; I hope I'm not too disappointed in the ending.
facecandyblog facecandyblog 9 years
guess what? i know how it ends. and I guarantee EVERYONE will be confused and hate it. i personally dislike the wire (well i liked that it gave my boyfriend a paycheck but that's about it) and would not want to see it become a movie. especially because they would try and film it in LA or DC and that's just not the same. its probably just cuz i'm a baltimoron and i have had first hand experience w/ the idiots that write and act on it.
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 9 years
Oh dear god - I would snap up a movie in a HEARTBEAT. I really and truly think this is the best show that has EVER EXISTED on TV, and that includes other HBO greats like Sopranos and Six Feet Under. I have never been disappointed by an episode or a story line or a character - not even once. I have complete faith in David Simon and the cast to pull off anything they want to do!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I would love if they made a movie, this is a great show and i will be sad to see it end. I love that they are showing them early on demand!
hvnly34 hvnly34 9 years
I could not, but then again, I have absolutely no idea how they are going to end it. There are only two episodes left for me (yay for On Demand!)
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