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 Gotham, Constantine 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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Last month, Screen Gems decided it didn’t want to bother with Mortal Instruments, the adaptation of the first novel in Cassandra Clare‘s young adult fantasy series, after all. At the time, Scott Stewart (Legion) was attached to direct with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as possible stars.
Now the film is back on, thanks to Constantin Film and Unique Pictures. Stewart is not involved, as he is going to make the TV version of his film Legion. Instead, Karate Kid remake director Harold Zwart will make the film, and he’s got Lily Collins still attached to one of the lead roles. Read More »
The Boys are in the orphanage. Columbia has been developing an adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic series for the past few years, but things have changed. The project has been put into turnaround, so another studio has a chance to step in and pick it up. This doesn’t have to be a death knell for the film — in fact, going into turnaround can sometimes be the best way for a project to get new life, as a company that is a lot more invested in the material might step up to move it forward. Read More »
Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender, who teamed once already for the excellent film Hunger, are gearing up to make Shame, about a man unable to manage his sex life. Now Carey Mulligan has joined the cast as the sister of Mr. Fassbender’s character. That’s all we’ve got right now, but the basic talent line-up and the subject matter, which seems to have a Palahniuk leaning, puts this high on my anticipated list for 2011. Shame shoots in New York in January. [Deadline]
After the break, more cast for The Hangover Part II and Spider-Man, as well as a star for the new series adapting novel series The Mortal Instruments. Read More »