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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‘Ghost’ Being Turned Into TV Show

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Briefly: It took almost a quarter century, but Paramount is finally getting around to remaking the hit 1990 film, Ghost. However, it won’t be for the big screen, it’ll be for television. Writers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (who worked together on Fringe) are attached to adapt the film, which is about a murder victim who attempts to solve the crime, and reconnect with his girl, as a ghost. No network is attached and only a pilot is in the works.

The original film starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Jerry Zucker, it won 2 Oscars and was the number two highest grossing film of the year, making over $215 million. [Variety]

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Just yesterday I said “Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels.” There’s the Hero Complex Film Festival, EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and now Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies.

It’ll take place April 24 at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and feature the following line-up:

  • Kathy Bates presenting Misery 
  • Cher presenting Moonstruck 
  • Sally Field presenting Norma Rae
  • Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider
  • Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Samuel L. Jackson presenting Pulp Fiction
  • Shirley MacLaine presenting Terms of Endearment
  • Demi Moore presenting Ghost 
  • Mike Myers presenting Shrek
  • Sidney Poitier presenting In The Heat of the Night
  • Kurt Russell presenting The Thing 
  • Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects

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We’ve featured many pieces of Scott C’s artwork in past editions of Cool Stuff. This week, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles opened an exhibition featuring 200 pieces from Scott C’s “The Great Showdowns” series. To celebrate the echibit, they have released a limited set of Showdown coasters. I picked up a set for myself at the opening night reception on Friday, and they’re pretty awesome. tweeted about these over the weekend, and got quite the response. The set includes: Office Space, Back to the Future, Beetle Juice, and… Ghost. Yes, the 1990 Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore film — we didn’t understand how it fit into this grouping either… B the other three coasters are really cool and the set comes packaged with a little wooden coaster holder. You can buy the set on Gallery 1988′s website for $35. Hit the jump to see close-ups of the artwork.

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Paramount Remaking ‘Ghost’…in Japan

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And the tables turn. We pay a lot of attention (too much, probably) to the endless parade of movie remakes undertaken in the US. But other countries regularly remake our movies, too. (And each others’; this is a universal practice.) We just don’t see as much of the news.

But how can we not talk about the remake of Ghost that Paramount plans to put into production in Japan? The idea: combat the struggling box office performance of American movies with a film more directly tailored to a Japanese audience. Read More »

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