Which movie would you like to see as a TV series?
- Zander Hawthrone
- Jul 30, 2023
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The Cinema to Small Screen Leap: A Delight or Debacle?
Let's face it, we've all experienced that feeling of despair when the credits start rolling in the theatre, signalling the end of our favourite movie. But what if your favourite film didn't end after 2 hours? What if protagonists and sidekicks alike could continue their journey on the small screen, spinning the narrative into a longer story, complete with plot twists we never even anticipated? Intriguing, isn't it? I find myself thinking about this almost every time Elodie and I sit down to enjoy a movie...and it's a bit peculiar, but let's face it - we all love peculiar!
When Movies Gallop into the Television Landscape
We've seen a fair share of films being turned into TV series. Sometimes it works brilliantly. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or "Fargo" ring a bell? Both series managed to successfully pave the way for their characters to grow. Conversely, there have been instances, as in "Dirty Dancing" or "About a boy", where it felt like the movie performed some sort of cannibalistic frenzy on the TV series leading to an early demise. I remember Elodie saying, "It feels like they devoured the soul of the original material!" and I couldn't agree more. The key seems to be finding the balance, allowing the narrative to evolve yet staying true to the movie's spirit.
The Prospective Pineapple Express Train
Imagine having a full season of "Pineapple Express" to indulge in. Wasn't that film a hilarious ride? If expanded into a TV series, it could offer room to explore more about the adventures of Dale Denton and Saul Silver. Not only will it be a chance for more laughs, but also an opportunity to see characters like Red with their own storylines. Encountering unforeseen challenges and meeting new folks could weave a series of tales worthy of primetime. Plus, who wouldn't want more of James Franco and Seth Rogen's camaraderie?
The Multiple Facets of Inception
Another movie that could make an intriguing TV series is "Inception". It's a maze of a movie, with layers of dreams that put Russian Matryoshka dolls to shame. "Inception" as a series could delve deeper into the technology and explore other uses for it. For example, could law enforcement utilise it for something like criminal rehabilitation? Or maybe corporations could use it for employee training? With its unique premise, one season could focus on implementing dreams within dreams and the next, extraction and inception. The possibilities are as endless as the dreams themselves...much like the dishwashing chores in our house!
From Hogwarts to Hogsmeade: A Harry Potter Spinoff?
Clearly, I'm getting excited here. But who's to say we shouldn't be? Imagine a TV series set in the "Harry Potter" universe. But instead of focusing on our beloved trio, let's consider a spin-off involving the adults. "The Marauders" perhaps? We could watch the epic saga of James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew. It would be fascinating to see their camaraderie, pranks and transformations of all kinds. Not to forget, the undercurrent of pain, betrayal, and war that shaped them. Delve deeper into each character's backstory? Count me in!
Step Back in Time with Gladiator
Remember Russell Crowe in "Gladiator"? An absolute classic! A television series could take the concept of gladiatorial battles and Roman politics and expand it beyond Maximus. Perhaps a show about the rise and fall of certain gladiators, with a deeper look into the corrupt politics of Rome, and the lives of the people in the Coliseum's shadows? There is so much rich material in history that a "Gladiator" TV series could delve into.
Revving up the Fast and Furious Franchise
Let's talk about another potential conversion - "Fast and Furious". The franchise has 9 films and counting, but wouldn't it be fun to have a TV series focused on building and racing cars, with layers of underworld deals and family drama? After all, it's not always about the destination; it's the exhilaration of the journey that really matters. Plus, those customized cars deserve more screen time!
Stepping into the Light with Dark Knight
Lastly, "The Dark Knight". Gotham City is teeming with stories waiting to be told, further exploring the complexities of its heroes and villains. A universe as grand as DC could definitely benefit from a slower-paced, deeper narrative style of a TV series. Taking the idea of Batman and stretching it into a saga spanning years, detailing the rise of Batman, his allies, and his foes, could offer a fresh perspective to this much-loved universe.
So, there you have it, folks. My wishful musings, spurred on by countless movie nights with Elodie and a ludicrously vivid imagination that has a tendency to run wild. Remember, the journey from silver screen to small screen can be fraught with challenges, but the rewards can be a fanbase's delight or newfound viewers entering these familiar worlds for the very first time, eager to uncover the untold stories that lie therein.