"COMING THIS SUMMER... again... something you've already seen, and was just fine the first time around... with NEW Actors, NEW Writers, NEW Directors, NEW plot twists AND best of all... NEW management!."
I'm sure you've noticed the trend. Every year studios regurgitate something back to us that worked 20 years ago in hopes that updating it will be a huge success. Often this is not the case as a majority of reboot/remakes tend to fall flat on their face. The films we received worked... very well. We loved them and most of us don't need the same thing again. We want something fresh.
It seems that Hollywood is coming privy to that feel from the audience and has decided to switch it up once again. If they can't find success on the silver screen, then why not find it through the small screen at home? We've already seen this happen, and so far it has been very successful. Fargo has held high ratings consistently and brought on special guests the likes of Steven Root, Glenn Howerton, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Offerman and even Bruce Campbell as Ronald Reagan.
And speaking of our man Bruce, another film to television series that's taking the world by storm is Ash Vs The Evil Dead.
If you paid attention to the inaugural season of AVSED you would have been gripped by the witty writing and practical gore that never seemed to apologize for itself. Supporting actors Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo have proven themselves to be solid actors, and really good sports.
In my opinion it is changing horror on TV and has proven to be a much more worth while investment than the Walking Dead. If you aren't watching you should be.
So we know that film CAN translate into television. That is proven. The question then becomes should we? We are in the golden age of television. More people and more people are finding contentment in the long story with rewarding delivery. It doesn't feel so rushed. It's going to happen wether you want it to or not, so you might as well jump on board and just hope that if it fails, they drop it.
'Lethal Weapon' Is On The Way
That being said Lethal Weapon is CONFIRMED. And now, we have some more information as to what we're going to be seeing. When I first heard the news my brain automatically envisioned the story line of Old Mel Gibson and Danny Glover reunited only this time around Murtaugh realizes that Riggs has finally just let go and completely lost his mind, which we all knew would happen. He's also really racist. I'd watch that story line, and it wouldn't be a huge stretch for Gibson either. Luckily for everyone else in the world, I was completely wrong.
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a "minor" heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
This is obviously just going to be a re-spin of the original story line. A young troubled cop who can't cope with loss is partnered with an old weathered cop looking for retirement just around the corner. If you were a fan of the original franchise, don't be shocked when it doesn't have any of that classic 80's cop movie grit to it. From the direction they are heading, it's going to be TV-comedy-friendly. The series was picked up by Fox in a bidding war this past October and as of February they are pulling full steam ahead.
The latest news to hit the shelf is: Damon Waynans has been cast as Roger Murtaugh. If you're under 25 you may not know who that is unless you watched My Wife and Kids. If you were raised in the '90s you may remember him from the shows In Living Color and movies like Blankman and Major Payne. He is also one of the famous Wayans brothers. I'm sure you've heard of Marlon, Shawn and Keenan Ivory. I always enjoyed Damon growing up and was lucky enough to be getting into watching stand up when his career was starting to really take flight.
Murtaugh was always an older cop and even though he certainly doesn't look it, Damon has definitely put the miles on (he's 55) so he definitely fits into the story line. Age won't be the issue. The biggest question that comes into my mind is how Wayans will portray the character. He's a hilarious actor and fantastic improvisational artist. The entire family has those skills.
However, Glover played the role in a more serious, father figure type of way that I have never seen in Wayans acting. I have always believed that Glover made that film work. He was funny when he wasn't trying to be and you always trusted him. I'm not sure if Wayans can come off that way, but I'm willing to give him a shot. The real question will be how he will math up with whoever they cast as Riggs. That seat is still vacant.
Directed by McG
I'm completely on the fence with this selection. On one hand I look at the fact that McG has had his hands in television (Chuck, Supernatural) and film (Terminator Salvation, We Are Marshal) which makes a solid argument for someone trying to take a film and make it into a television series. On the other hand, his experience in television has mainly been producing. And his best film in my opinion, Salvation, wasn't really that good. Which brings my hopes down that he can take a different franchise and somehow this time do it right?
I'm not going to put this all on his shoulders though. There are several producers pulling threads here, implementing their own opinions and touches. And let us not forget, Fox ordered a pilot episode. A pilot does not necessarily mean that we will see a full season, or even multiple ones. In a circumstance where you have something with a namesake like Lethal Weapon, the pilot being good might not even matter. As a matter of fact, we will see OVER 25 films adapted into television series... and that's just for the 2016 - 2017 run.
Want to know more? Check out our breakdown of 15 Movies Coming To Television as a Series. There are some gems in there.