Undoubtedly, the new trend in network television is bringing back movies that have been around for years and retooling them as TV shows. Limitless and Minority Report have already made the jump, Training Day, Rush Hour and Cruel Intentions are on the way, and now one more is being thrown together at Fox.
The network has just ordered a TV pilot based on the classic action franchise Lethal Weapon starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and they already have Damon Wayans Sr. lined up to take the latter’s role as LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh. Find out more about the Lethal Weapon TV series after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
It seems like every day we get news of yet another TV series based on yet another hit movie. Not all of them pan out so well (remember when they tried and failed to make a Beverly Hills Cop show?) but that doesn’t seem to discourage TV execs from continuing to try. Why, just in the past week, we’ve reported on developing shows inspired by pictures as varied as Cruel Intentions, Taken, and The Exorcist.
Even so, this latest film-to-TV project may come as a bit of a surprise. The BBC is working on a new drama adapted from Brooklyn, the Sundance smash turned Oscar nominee. But it won’t pick up with Saoirse Ronan‘s main character. Instead, it’ll revolve around Mrs. Keogh, the shrewd boarding house matriarch played by Julie Walters. More about the Brooklyn TV series after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Attention NBC’s new Taken prequel series: I don’t know what you are. I don’t know why you exist. If you are looking for my viewership, I can tell you I cut the cord ages ago. But what I do have is a very particular set of tastes, tastes I have acquired over a brief-but-eventful career. Tastes that make me a nightmare for shows like you. If you give me a reason to care about a young Bryan Mills, that’ll be the end of it. I will watch you, I will stream you on Hulu. But if you don’t, I will not watch you, I will write smarmy things about you… and I will kill you.
Sorry. That escalated quickly. Anyway, this newfangled Taken show has found a director in Alex Graves, a veteran television director who has worked on shows your probably love.
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Following in the footsteps of Limitless, Minority Report and Rush Hour, another movie is being turned into a TV show. This time NBC has set their sights on the saucy, twisted romance Cruel Intentions from 1999. However, instead of simply retelling the same story, the TV pilot ordered at the network will be a sequel to the film, picking up 15 years after the movie ended. Find out what’s going on in the Cruel Intentions TV series below. Read More »
Director Steven Soderbergh once shook things up in the film world by working with adult film star Sasha Grey for his experimental drama The Girlfriend Experience. The film followed the life of a call girl moving from client to client in New York City during the days leading up the 2008 presidential election. Now Soderbergh is taking the story of a high end sex worker to Starz with the new limited series going by the same title.
Riley Keough stars in the show as Christine Reade, a second year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at the prestigious firm of Kirkland & Allen. Her future is promising in her field, but then she takes interest in getting paid for sexual relationships for a very high price. And as the trailer illustrates, it might even prove to be more lucrative and rewarding than her work in the law.
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Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
HBO has temporarily halted production on its long-gestating television adaptation of Westworld, claiming that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy need more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. If you read between the lines, that’s obviously B.S. It’s clear to anyone who really thinks about it that the network is currently dealing with a robot uprising and that they’ve had to lock down the sets until they know how to deal with the cowboy androids currently racking up a body count of helpless production assistants and interns.
But go ahead and believe what you want. HBO is still confident that their ambitious science fiction series will air in 2016.
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Starz presented a panel on The Girlfriend Experience today for the Television Critics Association. Steven Soderbergh, who directed the film on which the series is based, is producing the limited series written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz. Riley Keough stars as Christine Reade, a law student making extra money providing transactional relationships, giving customers a girlfriend experience including sex and emotional intimacy. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Last week, we got word of a Rambo TV series in the works over at Fox. At the time, /Film writer Jacob Hall snarked that “you should always write Rambo news with dry erase markers” because plans to continue the franchise have been in constant flux over the past several years. Well, break out the erasers: things have indeed changed again.
Despite earlier reports indicating that Sylvester Stallone would executive produce and possibly even reprise his role as John Rambo for the show, Stallone’s reps have now gone on the record to clarify that he is not involved with the project “in any way at all.” And that, in turn, means the Rambo TV series likely won’t be moving forward at Fox after all. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The first season of FX’s Fargo was one of the most pleasant surprises in recent TV history. Showrunner Noah Hawley took an idea that seemed like pure folly, an anthology series set in the same universe as the Coen brothers’ classic 1996 film, and crafted a series that acted as a perfect companion for the original movie while being very much its own thing. To those who are still turning their nose up at this show because it sounds like a terrible idea, know that you’re missing one of the best pieces of entertainment available to you right now.
Season 2, which is currently airing to all kinds of acclaim, took the action back to the ’70s, tracking an incident that was only alluded to in season one. And while Fargo could easily keep on jumping across the timeline, telling whatever stories it wants for as long as it wants, it looks like the officially confirmed third season may very well return to some familiar faces… presumably so it can do all kinds of dark and horrible things to them.
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