The best and worst TV shows made movies
Previously, movies turned into TV shows, not the other way around.
Like gifts passed on to a little sister, Hollywood regularly sent its garbage to the small screen. “Peyton Place” (1957) film became “Peyton Place” (1964) television soap opera. “The Odd Couple” (1968) The hit movie that made him famous was the television sitcom “The Odd Couple” (1970). “Planet of the Apes” (1968) The film was made. “Planet of the Apes” (1974). The Cheesy Sci-Fi Series.
So there was no question of who was the medium of prestige – and who was the poor relation, imitating his superiors. TV was little league.
Now it’s Hollywood’s turn to catch up. Where TV used to borrow from movies, much of the traffic now appears to be going in the opposite direction.
Here’s an example: âThe Many Saints of Newark,â which hits theaters Friday (also streaming on HBO Max). Will it create something like the “Sopranos” buzz? It’s a television series. Its creators have no choice but to hope.
Similar, “Downton Abbey” (2019) “Sex and the City” (2008) “The Honeymooners” (2005) “The X-Files” (1998) “Miami Vice” (2006) “Baywatch” (2017), and so forth on, clearly shine in the reflected glory of the shows for which they bear their name.
Sometimes a movie like “Downton Abbey” will capitalize on a trend when the weather is hot: to hit theaters during the show or soon after, with the original cast and production crew.
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You may also like these films “Charlie’s Angels” (2019) from the series “Mission: Impossible”, are reboots: taking advantage of a known brand to relaunch with a new cast and a new look. Then there are special cases such as âSerenityâ based on the cult TV show âFireflyâ (2002) – victim of early cancellation – which attempt to satisfy fans’ desire for closure.
âThe Many Saints of Newarkâ Another unusual case. It is not a continuation, but it is an unusual case. “prequel”. Not the original cast (the film is set decades earlier than the series) but much of the original creative team, and a special crush on fans: teenager Michael Gandolfini playing the role played in originally by his father, the late James Gandolfini.
Will the public notice it? One thing is for sure: translating television into movies is a high-risk and very rewarding endeavor. It’s as easy as getting it wrong on familiar property. It’s also easy to count on public recognition of a name like “McHale’s Navy” (1997) Interest
Movies based on TV shows are now a common feature. These are our best successes and failures. Bulleyes are the first.
2021 – “Many Newark Saints”
Bada bing! The new “prequel” You’re a self-sufficient, successful individual who scores high “Sopranos” Tony, a Newark kid from the 1960s, is the appetizer. It helps that the film has a pedigree – written and produced by series creator David Chase, with young Michael Gandolfini playing his late father.
Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western is always a hit. There were a lot of lost points. The team managed to create a cohesive two-hour film that thrilled fans without being too overwhelming for new viewers. It didn’t quite have the loose, quirky quality of the show – but why ask for the moon when you have the stars? Mission accomplished!
“The Fugitive” (1993).
Good premise. “Les MisÃ©rables” – a wrongly accused man pursued by a relentless detective – is recast with senior performers. No one imagined Tommy Lee Jones or Harrison Ford in the lead roles, and instead wished they could watch Barry Morse or David Janssen in the original 1960s series. It’s amazing how many people are even aware of that. RememberAre you looking for the original 1960s TV series?
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“The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995).
The most cheesy show on television, relaunched for the 1990s? It shouldn’t have been. But the filmmakers had a nasty plan: to put the Brady super-squares InThe 90s, keeping their awkwardness intact. Let the feathers fly! The resulting metacomedy was both a commentary and a surprisingly loving tribute to a show that many people won’t admit watching. It was true. Are you sure.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Who Said There Is No Second Chance? After Hollywood succumbed to pressure from Trekkie for decades and brought Captain Kirk to life on the big screen, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979) was a failure. However, Nicholas Meyer, the director of the company, took over. âWrath of Khan,â everyone slacked off and the results were – well, stellar.
Let’s move on to lemons.
“Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983)
This film is subject to your approval. There was everything for them, from top directors like Steven Spielberg and John Landis, to great actors like Scatman Crothers and Kevin McCarthy, to Rod Serling’s 1959 sci-fi series of unprecedented pedigree. The âTwilight Zoneâ The Twist Everything went horribly wrong – from the cuteness of the Spielberg segment to the horrific actual helicopter crash in the Landis segment that beheaded actor Vic Morrow. Dante’s âIt’s a Beautiful Lifeâ segment probably fared better.
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Two hours of gas jokes – via the UK TV show which, like the movie, starred Rowan Atkinson. It is culture that gave Shakespeare its name.
‘Pennies from Heaven (1981).
It started as a BBC series. Bob Hoskins was a 1930s sheet music seller, transported out of real life and into the romantic world of the songs he sells. But the film version, starring Steve Martin, “real” Life is a series of dark and evocative landscapes a la Edward Hopper. That is, real life is now as unreal as the musical numbers Martin dances in (uncomfortably). What is the point ? Christopher Walken’s striptease is the highlight of the film.
“The Flintstones” (1994).
John Goodman plays Fred Flintstone. It was evident. Was there any other reason than to see the 1960s cartoon in action? We had to see the sequel in 2000 for this reason. “The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas”. This one wasn’t even! HaveJohn Goodman.
“Lost in Space” (1996)
Meet the Robinsons, the first dysfunctional family in space. The adorably seedy space fantasy of the 1960s didn’t need to be recreated. But we could have told you that adding the ’90s attitude wouldn’t help. Netflix has since come full circle with that property, back on TV.