But fans may need to wait a decade (or more) to see Hannah get the multiplex treatment. “I have fantasies of us all coming back and making a movie when we’re 40,” Dunham tells Variety in this week’s Power of Women cover story. “I think we’d want to wait long enough for something to have really gone down.”
Dunham spoke to Variety just as she was about to begin shooting season 5, and offered a few secrets about where the show is headed.
She revealed that “Girls” will resume after a jump in time. “It’s not a year,” Dunham says. “It’s just months. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we jumped forward to 2022, and everyone was in weird power suits of future fashion?”
The new “Girls” episodes will tackle some difficult story lines. “I know we have our darker season and lighter seasons,” Dunham says. “[Season 5] definitely has some darkness. I just wrote an episode in a fever dream. I had a moment where I was like, ‘Did I accidentally write a remake of ‘Traffic’? What just happened?’”
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says he’s talked with Dunham about doing six seasons of “Girls,” but it’s not clear if the show will continue beyond that. “I think America has a tendency to push shows past their due dates,” Dunham says. “I like the British model–in and out.”
As “Girls” enters its mature years, Dunham has already thought about the last episode. “We spent a lot of time talking about where these girls will end up,” Dunham says. “We definitely have a distinct idea of where we want to see them. I even sometimes focus on this final image that I see, but between now and then, anything can happen.”