RomeIn a development that has been rumored for months, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the HBO series 'Rome' is headed to the big screen, news that has thrilled the show's small but hardcore fan base. For everyone else, though, the project raises one pressing question: Why?

That's not to say that 'Rome' isn't worthy of a big screen adaptation. The series, which lasted for two seasons before being canceled in 2007, was well received by critics and features a broad scope that should allow for easy transition to the larger canvas that film provides. Despite those facts, though, it's equally true that the show was canned for a simple reason: people weren't watching it.

And, let's face it, historical epics haven't exactly been top performers at the box office in recent years. Which got us to thinking: Aren't there other HBO shows that are more popular, more interesting and would probably be more profitable at the box office? Wouldn't you want to see one of those instead of 'Rome'? We think so.

So while HBO hasn't solicited our opinion on the matter (yet), here's our list of five HBO shows we would rather see adapted for the big screen than 'Rome.' RomeIn a development that has been rumored for months, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the HBO series 'Rome' is headed to the big screen, news that has thrilled the show's small but hardcore fan base. For everyone else, though, the project raises one pressing question: Why?

That's not to say that 'Rome' isn't worthy of a big screen adaptation. The series, which lasted for two seasons before being canceled in 2007, was well received by critics and features a broad scope that should allow for easy transition to the larger canvas that film provides. Despite those facts, though, it's equally true that the show was canned for a simple reason: people weren't watching it.

And, let's face it, historical epics haven't exactly been top performers at the box office in recent years. Which got us to thinking: Aren't there other HBO shows that are more popular, more interesting and would probably be more profitable at the box office? Wouldn't you want to see one of those instead of 'Rome'? We think so.

So while HBO hasn't solicited our opinion on the matter (yet), here's our list of five HBO shows we would rather see adapted for the big screen than 'Rome.'

The Sopranos'The Sopranos.' This one seems like a no-brainer. Just to recap: 'The Sopranos' was one of the most popular, critically acclaimed and influential TV shows ever made. It also happens to be part of an established film genre, the mob flick, that has a prestigious and lucrative history. Best of all, fans are still debating the controversial ending of the series, meaning there would be built in buzz for a new big screen epilogue. Despite constant rumors, though, no official word has come yet that 'Sopranos: The Movie' will ever become a reality. Which leaves us wondering: Who's bed do we need to leave a horse head in to get this done already?

'Deadwood.' Stop us if this sounds familiar: 'Deadwood,' which aired for three seasons before being unceremoniously dumped in 2006, was one of the most critically-acclaimed shows of the decade. Though ratings tailed off towards the end -- in part due to the fact that the network announced the show's cancellation before the third season even began -- it was concerns over production costs that actually did the show in. Even worse, the series ended with unresolved plotlines still dangling, as two follow-up specials promised by HBO were later cut, leaving fans without resolution. A big screen blowout would be the perfect way to wrap things up and, not incidentally, kick-start those all-important DVD sales. There's your budget concern right there, pardner.

'The Wire.' Unlike many of the other shows on our list, 'The Wire' got to go out on its own terms. But while there may not be an obvious story need for a film epilogue, that's the great part about 'The Wire': The stories were never obvious, but instead continually surprising and fresh. We have no doubt that series creator David Simon (who also brought us acclaimed classics like 'Homicide: Life on the Streets' and 'Generation Kill') could translate his gritty, heartfelt aesthetic to the big screen, which could certainly use a shot of authenticity these days.

'Flight of the Conchords.' Granted, this is more of a sentimental pick than a numbers crunch, because though 'Flight of the Conchords' became an instant cult classic when it debuted the first of its two seasons on HBO back in 2007, it never quite pulled in the mainstream ratings that the network was looking for. However, 'Flight of the Conchords' has two things going for it that most of these other shows don't: low production costs and a massive international following. Overseas box office alone would likely make this a profitable venture from a monetary standpoint, while from an artistic standpoint, any project with Bret and Jemaine is a sure to be a winning one.

'Carnivále.' Finally, we'd love to see a big budget version of the late, lamented 'Carnivále,' which had its groundbreaking run cut short in 2005 after just two of its planned six seasons. But while the second arc's severe ratings crash was to blame for the cancellation (the season two premiere shed two thirds of its viewers from season one), the real culprit was network mismanagement: the season one finale aired in 2003, while season two didn't debut until 2005, leaving confused viewers scrambling to remember the show's twisty mythology. A big screen revamp could bring back all the show's sexy, disturbing elements without the continuity hassles and massive scheduling delays that sank the series.
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