It's not uncommon for popular TV shows to get made into films, especially if they are cult show which were cancelled before their time. This can be a very lucrative move on the part of the network and studios that own them, as well as providing a satisfying conclusion or revival for fans.
So in the vein of The X Files, Firefly, and Star Trek, here are the 10 TV shows we think deserve their own movie.
Pushing Daisies, created by nerd god Bryan Fuller, was the perfect blend of whimsical supernatural love story and morbid crime thriller. And if you think those two genres could be more different, you'd be right, yet somehow Pushing Daisies made it work.
With plenty of plot threads left unresolved at the end of season 2, a Pushing Daisies film would be perfect to wrap up loose ends. Fuller thinks so too, and has been pushing for a crowd funded film for years. Unfortunately, as he's hard at work helming both American Gods and the 2017 Star Trek show, the prospect of a Pushing Daisies movie seems less and less likely. Time for another rewatch!
Loosely based on the 1978 show, SyFy's Battlestar Galactica (2004) was a resounding success. In the later days of TV scifi's boom, BSG proved that just because a show is set on a spaceship and features laser-blasting robots, that doesn't mean it can't also be dark, gritty, and political. This is space opera for grown-ups, and after season 4 bellyflopped its way to the finale, fans have been desperate for a movie.
And they might be in luck! In February, Universal Pictures announced that after a frakload of failed attempts, the Battlestar Galactica movie is officially back on. That's about all the news we have, so watch this space!
(Or is it F.R.I.E.N.D.S?)
This one's a bit of a can of worms. Fans have been asking for a Friends reunion movie ever since reunion movies became like, a thing. So why the delay? Everything has been blamed, from the actors' schedules, to there never being a right plot, to David Schwimmer being a giant flake. As much as we'd love to find out how the gang are getting along ten years down the line (how many times have Ross and Rachel broken up and got back together? And did Joey's acting career ever take off?), co-creator Marta Kauffman is here to dash our hopes forever.
"There will never be a Friends reunion movie. Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there's no need anymore."
Yikes. I guess we should sign this movie off as D.O.A.
Game Of Thrones
Pre-emptive? Maybe. Inevitable? Most likely. Game Of Thrones is one of HBO's most popular TV shows ever, and even the threat of running out of plot material won't stop them taking advantage of GoT's immense fanbase. A spin-off movie is by no means out of the question, with a vast mythology to choose from. Prequels might be the name of the game here: we could see a young Ned and Lyanna Stark, or go even further back to watch the rise of the Targaryan empire.
It's early days yet, but I'm willing to bet that if a movie isn't on the cards, a spin-off show is.
Daredevil / Jessica Jones
As a canon part of the MCU, Netflix's Defenders might actually cross over into the movies at some point (keep your eye on Infinity War). But could they ever get their own solo films?
It seems very unlikely. These characters work perfectly within Netflix's TV show medium, as this allows slow development of complex plots and a darker approach to Marvel storytelling. However, that's not to say that the Defenders won't get a team-up movie of some sort: this would allow Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Punisher, and Iron Fist to work together in parallel to their solo shows. Of course, this film would probably be confined to Netflix.
In 5 seasons Fringe developed a mythology which spanned parallel universes, drawing the characters into a web of conspiracies as they race to protect their reality. Although the finale managed to bring a lot of the plot together, there were still plenty of unanswered questions.
Naturally, fans offered the solution of a movie to tie all this up. And the executive producers even teased that possibility back when Fringe ended. Since then, we've had nothing but radio silence on this, but with a dedicated fanbase and plenty of plot potential, Fringe seems ripe for a film sequel.
Gravity Falls is essentially X Files meets Twin Peaks for kids, with a bit of Adventure Time thrown in for good measure. The Disney XD cartoon proved very popular among young adults as well as its target audience, and fans were crushed when the finale was announced after just two seasons.
With a complex and fantastically well thought-out plot, fans are already desperate for news of a revival, although the show only ended a few months ago. Creator Alex Hirsch teased the potential of a movie someday, but for now it looks like we'll just have to wait with bated breath (probably for a few years yet).
Legend Of Korra
Leading on from the immensely popular Avatar: The Last Airbender, the sequel show Legend of Korra won many fans with its fabulous animation, mature plotlines, and compelling characters. Ever since the groundbreaking finale, rumours have been flying about a potential movie which would continue the story.
As Nickelodean were lukewarm about LoK from the start, even cancelling the show before moving it online for season 4, it's highly unlikely a movie would find a home on good old Nick. This hasn't perturbed fans though, and the idea of moving the movie to Netflix has been tossed around a lot. So will it happen? Probably not. The creators are pursuing separate projects right now, but at least there's a sequel comic book series coming out soon!
With Orphan Black's season 4 going strong, it seems unlikely that this show will finish any time soon. But after her Emmy win, Tatiana Maslany's career is bound to take off soon, and scheduling could become an issue, considering the majority of the characters in this show are played by Maslany herself.
A finale movie would be the perfect way to solve this scheduling problem, while giving fans the conclusion the show deserves. Again, this is very pre-emptive, but it would be awesome to see Orphan Black on the big screen.
Community was essentially a love song to nerds, riffing off multiple genres and firing off pop culture references like paintballs, while staying grounded in its community college setting. After a strong start, the show ran into multiple problems (the less said about those public fights between Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon the better) and started to lose focus and momentum in its final seasons.
Having said that, the potential for a film is always there, especially since Community finally passed that sixth season marker.
Imagine the genre bending possibilities a feature length film could offer! Our entire brains are crying just thinking about it. And somehow, magically, it might happen, or at least Gillian Jacobs hopes so. This is another case of wait and see though, so here's hoping.