It seems that now more than ever, television studios are mining past films to trump up their slates. With the premiere of "12 Monkeys" and "The Transporter" down to the announcement of "Rush Hour," it seems as if the line between television and movies are forever blurred.
And that's okay.
But here's the thing: There are so many movies out there that would benefit from a (live action) television version, that I'm just begging for the right producer to come along and to make it happen. Movies like:
1. Green Lantern Corps
The Green Lantern film from 2011 had rather mixed to negative critical reception. While I liked (but didn't "love") the film, I totally agree it wasn't perfect. One thing I do think the film did right - at least at first - was to explain the vast reach of the Green Lantern Corps. Plus, I thought Oa looked pretty sweet.
I could imagine a sci-fi epic tale that touches on the wide range of creatures, cultures and planets in space. There could be room for political story lines of a cosmic nature, or even a "threat of the week" format if need be. While human Green Lanterns are in play, the show itself would be free to experiment with lesser known lanterns like Rot Lop Fan, Soranik Natu, Stel, or new fan favorite Jruk. And that's just the Greenies.
2. Men in Black
Three movies, a Saturday morning cartoon, and a theme park ride to its name, Men in Black is after all these years still a valuable franchise. Especially that cartoon. No seriously.
If anything, the animated series proved that there's many stories that can be mined from an organization that is essentially a mix between The NYPD and a form of Intergalactic Border Patrol. The Men in Black movies do an excellent job with mixing action, comedy, suspense and drama in their stories. In the hands of the right writer, the resulting TV property could stand out among the crowd.
3. John Wick
People who went to see John Wick were in for a fun romp featuring Keanu Reeves punching people until they blew up. Or something like that. With a razor thin premise to stand on, John Wick succeeded in being a wholly entertaining experience.
One of the greatest things about John Wick was that there was a whole "world" that operated in the "same line of business" as John. Everything from to a common currency to an unspoken, established set of rules were handled with aplomb. I'm not sure if I would want to see a prequel or another person in this universe, but I'm sure I want to revisit it and STAT!
What movies do you want to see get the TV treatment? Answer in the comments below!