Movies Being Adapted Into TV Shows

TV companies are going crazy trying to mine film libraries for the next big television series, because why come up with an original untested idea without an established brand name title, right? I almost included the movie to television series trend in my 9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate article last month, but I decided it was too soon to make that judgement.

While I’m already tired of seeing the announcements, I really loved Fargo (and I really mean LOVED — it’s my favorite television series of the year), I’m still enjoying Friday Night Lights/Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims‘ About a Boy, and I know many people who really dig Hannibal, Bates Motel, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. So it’s hard for me to condemn it at this point.  And yes there are also GothamConstantine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I consider those shows comic book adaptations.

You might be shocked to learn that there are currently over 30 television shows in development right now based on big screen movies. Which are good ideas? Which sound horrible? After the jump, I attempt to rank all of the movies being adapted into TV shows, by concept from worst to most promising ideas.

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’12 Monkeys’ Trailer: Everybody Is Already Dead

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Syfy has released a new trailer for the television series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys. The show, which follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who is on a mission to eradicate the source of a deadly plague, is gearing up to premiere on Friday, January 16th 2015 at 9pm. Watch the new 12 Monkeys tv trailer embedded after the jump.

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12 Monkeys TV Series Premiere Date Set

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So as not to be left out of the pattern of producers redoing established film properties as television shows, SyFy has made a 12 Monkeys TV series. The show appears determined to expand the story told in Terry Gilliam’s film, with Aaron Stanford (Nikita, Pyro in the X-Men films) playing the Bruce Willis role of Cole, who travels back in time from 2043 in order to locate the source of a plague that will all but wipe out humanity. We’ve seen a trailer, and now SyFy has set the premiere date in stone.  Read More »

12 Monkeys Tv show

An adaptation of Terry Gilliam‘s underrated 1995 film 12 Monkeys is coming to TV. A twelve episode series has been ordered for the Syfy network with the aim to premiere January 2015. Charles Roven, who produced the original film as well as many of the DC comic book movies, is on board to produce and veterans of shows such as Friday Night Lives, Nikita, Terra Nova, V and Heroes are also behind the scenes. X-Men star Aaron Stanford will play the lead role of a man sent back in time to destroy a plague. Read more about the 12 Monkeys TV show below. Read More »

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Briefly: Terry Gilliam’s film 12 Monkeys is going to be remade as a TV series. We’ve heard that SyFy was getting interested in a show based on the 1995 film, which originally starred Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Madeline Stowe. Now a pilot order has been given based on the spec script by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Terra Nova). There’s no cast for the show at this point. The writers will co-exec produce with original film producer Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle.

We don’t know a lot about the show, but it will follow the same basic plot as the film, with a man sent back in time from a strange post-apocalyptic future. His mission: find the origin point for a plague that eventually kills most of humanity.  The pilot is currently set to shoot in November, but at this point everything depends on the cast assembly. We’ll report on the choices made by the producers as they’re made public. [Deadline; header by ~gsgill37 at DeviantArt]

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Tyler Stout's Inglourious Basterds PosterIn this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley debate the merits of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, reflect on the Avatar trailer/hype, try to figure out what a new director means for the Bioshock film, and lament the financial state of the entertainment industry. Special guest director Nicholas Jasenovec joins us for this episode. Nick’s film, Paper Heart, starring Charlyne Yi, is out in theaters now.

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Cool Stuff: Futuristic Movie Timeline

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Dan Meth has created a movie timeline for futuristic movies, proving that the future presented in sci-fi classics are rooted in alternatie parrellel universes. Check out the full timeline after the jump.

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