Question Of The Month: Make A Movie A TV Show

Star Wars Force Awakens Storm Trooper

Oracle Of Film has a brand new Question Of The Month: What movie should be reworked into a TV show? This could be a film that struggled to fit all of its ideas into a two hour movie. Or perhaps a film that would have been better if the two characters had an entire series spent on developing them before the big pay-off at the end. Take a look at all the great answers from many movie bloggers, including my choice by clicking on the above link.

This is such a great topic I thought it would be fun to come up with some other possibilities I’d like to see:

Star Wars

Lego Star Wars? Nah, besides it’s been done.  How about a live-action Star Wars television series? It’s an obvious choice but one that I think could work. It already has a built-in fan base and with The Force Awakens coming out later this year, perhaps there will be an awe-inspiring new world or intriguing side character that deserves to be fleshed out. I guess this would be a spin-off rather than a reworking of a movie.

Marvel’s Daredevil is a good example of creating a show that is part of an ever-expanding cinematic universe yet works as a stand alone entity. With strong characters, a well told story and a fresh take on the universe, the show doesn’t necessarily need to rely on CGI or special effects.  Also, a darker tone geared towards an adult audience could go places that PG-13 rated The Force Awakens and Rogue One cannot. At the same time, characters from the show could pop up in the movies and wouldn’t look out of place.

John Wick

John Wick Keanu Reeves Puppy

The first thing that grabbed me about John Wick is the mix between intense close quarters combat and inventive gun play. You gotta respect the trademark two taps to the chest and one to the head, you know … because it’s the only way to be sure. The action alone wouldn’t be an interesting angle to base a TV series on. What’s interesting to me is exploring the underworld of assassins that the movie introduces us to. These assassins are above society’s laws but are bound by the underworld’s protocols and rules. A part of the appeal of John Wick is that his motivation and the story itself is very simple: revenge. The TV show could dive into a deeper story arc. Perhaps follow a new assassin recruit or a war between rival factions that John Wick is caught in the middle of.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel Cast Poster

An episode of The Grand Budapest Hotel television show would be a pure hour of escapism. Tune in to see what crazy hi-jinx and outlandish scenarios these characters get in and out of each week. In the movie, many of the side characters were only in brief cameos which leaves a lot of room for the TV show to explore who they are and their back story. The flashback device would be a great way to quickly get to know new hotel guests and reveal secrets about established characters. The story within a story concept could be another interesting angle the show could explore.

Is there a movie you’d love to see as a TV show? What are your favorite TV shows based on a movie?

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