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What movie would make a great TV show?

Asked by erichw1504 (26396points) September 9th, 2010

If you could pick any movie to become an amazing TV show (that hasn’t already), what would it be and why?

What would make it so great? How would it work as a weekly, episodic version of itself? Would it be a prequel, sequel, or set during the events of the movie? Would it be a half hour or hour long show? What channel would it be on? Who would you cast as the main characters?

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lsdh182's avatar

The recent directorial debut by Ricky Gervais Cemetery Junction Would make a fantastic TV show! It’d be a half hour and it’d almost be like a love letter to old English dramas like Heartbeat or Last of the Summer Wine. I think that the actors in the film being so unknown would be suitable for the same roles in the television series.

An example of this very thing has just happened on TV in England, the critically acclaimed gritty, British drama This Is England from 2006 by my favourite British director Shane Meadows has been made into a four part series of hour long episodes, the first of the four aired on Tuesday night and received rave reviews.

Here is the trailer for the film

And the TV series

The film tackled issues such as racism, unemployment and violence in Britain in the 80’s.
The Falklands war is focused upon and also Thatchers term as as Prime Minister.

Ben_Dover's avatar

Forest Gump
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Killers
Five People you meet in Heaven
Don Quixote
Home Alone

erichw1504's avatar

@Ben_Dover Home Alone! Haha, that would be cool. Forrest Gump is also a wise choice.

zen_'s avatar

Fight Club.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Pirates of the Caribbean

lsdh182's avatar

@zen_ how come Fight Club?

zen_'s avatar

Wouldn’t you watch it? Survivor, Fear Factor… It’s so… American.

lsdh182's avatar

@zen_ You’re right I would watch it, not sure what frame of mind I’d enter it with though. Do you mean an actual club for fighting? Like an hour of sweaty men fighting until they go limp. Or include the rest of the narrative? Yeah I would most definitely watch it actually.

ucme's avatar

Deep Throat. Maybe too hard for the networks to swallow though.

ipso's avatar

Memento (2000)

Nicole8's avatar

Freaky Friday!

The wide generation gap between Tess Coleman and her teenage daughter Anna is more than evident. They simply cannot understand each other’s preferences. On a Thursday night they have a big argument in a Chinese restaurant. Both receive a fortune cookie each from the restaurant owner’s mother which causes them to switch bodies next day. As they adjust with their new personalities, they begin to understand each other more and eventually it’s the mutual self-respect that sorts the things out.

Carly's avatar

I always thought it would be cool to stretch out a longer series of dramatic episodes of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I wanted to see more of the main character’s life, and I think others would also find it very interesting.

HungryGuy's avatar

Serenity. Or any of the Star Trek movies. Or 20 Minutes Into The Future.

GeorgeGee's avatar

I could imagine a weekly series based on Fight Club the movie. It would be a mixture of self-discovery drama with gritty fight scenes.

Deja_vu's avatar

The good the bad and the ugly

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Bridesmaids! No wedding…just following the lives of these crazy women after the wedding. It could be the new “Sex in the City” girl-pal series. (But honestly, it would only work with the same writers/actresses…I think…it was well-written and well-acted and is “quirky and nuts” and sometimes a TV series just “Brady Bunches” things up too much. Which means this could also be a very bad series.)

Any of Judd Apatow’s movies could probably work as a series, actually.

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