Showtime’s original drama Homeland surprised a few television experts when it swept the top Drama categories at the Emmy Awards Sunday night, besting such critically acclaimed shows as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey.
In addition to its Outstanding Drama Series win, Homeland took both acting categories by handing Emmys to Damian Lewis and Claire Danes for their work as an American war hero and the paranoid CIA agent who suspects him of being a terrorist. Waves of support for the show’s first season rolled across Facebook and Twitter, all of which is bound to boost the program’s exposure when it returns for its second season on Sept. 30.
But our question, perhaps an inevitable one, is, “When will chatter about a potential Homeland movie heat up?”
The show falls into a formula similar to several other shows that have flirted with big-screen adaptations, from 24 to Lost. And any time a show finds unparalleled success on television, rumors of a possible feature-length adaptation start making the rounds.
Homeland hasn’t been bitten by that bug just yet. In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, Danes says that she “would like to do a movie at some point,” but admits that she has “plenty on my plate, and am totally sated.”
There are factors working in the show’s favor. Danes is a proven film star, with credits ranging from Shopgirl and The Hours to Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Lewis also has juggled film roles in between his various TV gigs. And the global nature of the Homeland story leaves plenty of room for expansion to cover a feature-length plot.
And still, there are factors working against it. Of all the shows I mentioned above that have flirted with a movie adaptation, how many of them have happened? Fans of 24 and The Sopranos still wait for movie versions of their beloved TV shows. The same trap could be waiting for Homeland.
But tell us, Homeland fans: Would you grab a ticket to a Homeland movie? Or are you happy plugging in to Carrie’s weekly bouts with Brody from the comfort of your living room? Share your thoughts below.