Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fox’s X-Men universe continues to branch out on the big screen, with this year’s Deadpool and the upcoming Wolverine, Gambit, and New Mutants movies. But could it expand all the way to the small screen? According to Bryan Singer, FX’s upcoming series Legion isn’t just based on the X-Men comics — it’s “part of the X-Men universe” and could connect to upcoming films. Read More »
Back in April, it was announced Crackle was developing a 10-episode television adaptation of Guy Ritchie‘s Snatch. The actor to lead the crime series is Rupert Grint, who’s most famously known for having played in Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise. Grint is also executive producing Snatch, which will co-star Dougray Scott (Taken 3) and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl).
Below, learn more about the Snatch TV show.
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The CW has hired Veronica Mars/iZombie creator Rob Thomas to create a television series adaptation of the iconic 1987 Warner Bros horror comedy film The Lost Boys. Find out more details about The Lost Boys tv series, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jack Ryan lives again. Last fall, Amazon put into development a Jack Ryan TV series based on Tom Clancy‘s bestselling series of books, and this past spring John Krasinski was confirmed for the lead role. Now they’ve ordered a 10-episode first season for the show, which hails from Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland. The plan was always for Jack Ryan to bypass Amazon’s usual pilot season and go straight to series, but this makes it official. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
CBS is gearing up to premiere a series based on the Oscar-winning 2001 movie Training Day this fall. But last season the network had two television series based on movies that did not make it to the second season. Rush Hour was cancelled quickly, and while Limitless was a hit for most of its first season, it still got cancelled. So why will the Training Day TV series succeed where those other movie-turned-tv shows failed?
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Fox presented a panel on their Lethal Weapon TV series for the Television Critics Association today. Damon Wayans stars as Roger Murtaugh and Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs. The two are partnered in the pilot and the series will follow their volatile partnership. During the panel, producers suggested that the series could coexist with a movie sequel.
“There’s still potential for a Lethal Weapon 5,” executive producer Dan Lin said. “The film department was gracious to let us extend the series on television but there may be a Lethal Weapon 5 in the future but for now the focus is 100% on the TV show.” Read More »
NBC had announced a series based on the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions at their upfronts presentation in May. However, Cruel Intentions is not on their fall schedule. After the executive session for the Television Critics Association, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told reporters that the network is currently exploring options for streaming services. So they are developing both a broadcast-friendly version and a racier version in the event they don’t air on broadcast.
“I think there would be two versions of the show,” Salke said. “If it ends up on some alternative platform, we would have more leeway, but it is designed to be dishy and fun and push the envelope as far as sexuality. It’s not something we’re inviting kids in to watch.” Read More »
NBC is presenting to the Television Critics Association today. The network’s upcoming offerings include Taken, based on the movies starring Liam Neeson. We asked NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt and President Jennifer Salke if they learned any lessons from failed movie adaptations like Rush Hour and Minority Report. Greenblatt said it’s all about the execution, and NBC’s Taken finds itself in interesting territory as it’s not quite a reboot, but not quite a prequel.
“What I think we try to do if we go into territory that’s familiar, or an old show that we’re bringing back, is to not do it in a straightforward way,” Greenblatt said. “Taken is, as you probably know, not a reboot really. It’s the same character but he’s 30 years younger and you’re seeing the origin of where that Liam Neeson character started from, but it’s in the present day. So it’s sort of Taken but it really isn’t literally a 60-year-old action hero show. But we love that character and we love the imagining of where he came from and how he got to be who he is.” Read More »
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Epix made its first ever presentation to the Television Critics Association on Saturday with its first original series Graves, Berlin Station and America Divided. During his opening remarks, Epix President and CEO Mark S. Greenberg announced a director for the pilot of their series based on Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty. Television veteran Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Sex and the City, House of Cards) will direct the pilot.
After the sessions, I asked executive vice president of original programming Jocelyn Diaz more about Get Shorty, and she discussed how the series will tell a new story with new main characters, making it much different from the film adaptation and more like FX’s acclaimed series Fargo. Find out what she had to say about the Get Shorty TV Series after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Frequency was a modestly successful movie in 2000. Jim Caviezel played a cop whose ham radio allowed him to talk with his father 30 years earlier. Now The CW has turned Frequency into a TV show and there are a few differences. Peyton List plays the cop, making it a father/daughter relationship. And now that she’s in the present day, the past is 1996, not 1970. We spoke with producer Jeremy Carver about the adaptation in a roundtable at San Diego Comic-Con, where Frequency had a panel.
Like the movie, Raimy Sullivan (List) prevents her father’s death, but since her mother was not attending the funeral, she became a victim of the Nightingale Killer preying on nurses. Carver said the Nightingale Killer mystery is only the beginning of the show. Read More »