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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Minority report tv series

20th Century Fox has acquired Steven Spielberg‘s small-screen adaptation of his hit 2002 sci-fi movie which starred Tom Cruise. The Minority Report TV series is being written by screenwriter Max Borenstein, for Amblin television. THR is reporting that Fox has ordered a pilot with a significant penalty attached (which basically means there is more of a chance we’ll see it than not). But the interesting bits come via their plot synopsis:

The Minority Report follow-up takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. when one of the three Precogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life but remains haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.

Thats right, the series will swap the genders of the detective and precog, and will also serve as sequel to the original film. Count me interested.

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When a director puts a lot of thought into the details that fill out their cinematic world it shows, even if you don’t explicitly notice each little thing while you’re watching. It’s the difference between the generic sci-fi universes we’ve seen in a million aspiring films and truly memorable worlds like Avatar‘s Pandora and Blade Runner‘s neo-noir Los Angeles.

But part of what made Steven Spielberg‘s Minority Report so interesting was that its setting — Washington, D.C. in the year 2054 — wasn’t just striking, but impressively realistic. Spielberg had purposely set out to create a world that looked like the one we live in, only decades later. And with the help of the science and tech thinkers he brought together for an “idea summit,” he succeeded.

On the occasion of Minority Report‘s 10th birthday, several of the visionaries who helped build the movie’s familiar future recalled their experiences at the “ad hoc think tank.” Read on after the jump.

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Minority Report

At TED 2010, John Underkoffler, the science advisor for Steven Spielberg‘s Minority Report, gave a demo of futuristic g-speak 3D user interface.

Remember the data interface from Minority Report? Well, it’s real, John Underkoffler invented it — as a point-and-touch interface called g-speak — and it’s about to change the way we interact with data. John Underkoffler led the team that came up with this interface, called the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment. His company, Oblong Industries, was founded to move g-speak into the real world. Oblong is building apps for aerospace, bioinformatics, video editing and more. But the big vision is ubiquity: g-speak on every laptop, every desktop, every microwave oven, TV, dashboard. “It has to be like this,” he says. “We all of us every day feel that. We build starting there. We want to change it all.”

Watch the 15 minute video demo embedded after the jump.

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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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