1: DAMIEN (The Omen)
PREMIERES: MARCH 7th
PREMISE: "After discovering his origins, Damien Thorn must cope with life as the Anti-Christ."
I'm starting off with this one due to the fact that it's right around the corner. Actually our first 3 shows are due out within the next 2 months. This series will be an adaptation of the 1976 film The Omen. Only now, Damien has grown up and is facing the world as an adult with Bradley James playing the part of the antichrist. Fans of the original film have always had a little thought in their head: What happens when this kid grows up? Well, I guess now we'll know.
2: UNCLE BUCK
PREMIERE: SPRING 2016 (NOT OFFICIAL YET)
PREMISE: "An unreliable man-child takes care of his brother's kids. A TV adaptation of the 1989 comedy."
I've been hearing about this for a long time now. If you ever watched the original film it was obvious that the premise could be used in any medium, however once you've seen the magic of John Candy it's really hard to see ANYONE ELSE doing it. Not to mention that the film also starred Macaulay Culkin in the prime of his acting career. With that being said, the series IS happening. The series was cast in 2015 with Mike Epps starring as Uncle Buck. The pilot was completed last Spring. ABC picked up the series, ordering the first season. There is a trailer and tons of set photos, but as of now the series has yet to release. I'm not sure if what's below is a REAL trailer... I kind of hope not.
3: RUSH HOUR
PREMIERE: MARCH 31ST, 10P.M.
PREMISE: "Detective Carter, a radical LAPD detective and Detective Lee, a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong, are forced to form an unlikely partnership."
I'm not completely against the Movie-to-Television fad that seems to be happening across every network. However, I am against anyone trying to recreate a Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan buddy relationship. After watching the trailer it seems to me that they cast new actors to try and be the same characters, but as the original actors portrayed them. Not cool. I guess I give them a little credit for realizing why the fans loved the film series, but that doesn't mean you should try and recreate it. Justin Hires (21 Jump Street/Stomp The Yard) and Jon Foo (Tekken, The Protector) star in this reboot coming to television at the end of March.
4: PROBLEM CHILD
PREMISE: "A young boy is just short of a monster. He is adopted by a loving man and his wacky wife. What follows is chaos."
If you don't know who Junior is you better study up. Especially if you plan on bringing a child into the family via adoption. This 1990 film starring the late amazing John Ritter and Gilbert Gottfried was the tale of a man who wants nothing more than to be a father adopting a handsome 7 year old red head who might just be the Devil. Though Junior tends to be the absolute worse, his new father has trouble finding the negatives while trying to experience the joy of fatherhood. Mathew Lillard was rumored to be taking over the role of Ben (played by Ritter), but it has been some time since that story surfaced. It was just reported in January that the series has finally received the greenlight from NBC, so all systems seem to be go. The biggest thing they must accomplish is finding a kid who can shine as bright as Michael Oliver, who seemed to be born for the role.
The series isn't far enough along in development for any photos or trailers, so in case you missed the original film, here's the trailer...
PREMISE: TV show based on the 2007 film, "Shooter" about an American Marksman trained in counter intelligence and on the run from the U.S. government.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the film, but since so many people are I feel that is should be included. If you;re excited for Marky Mark, don't be. He obviously isn't TV affordable. However, the role has been given to another actor that I am a fan of: Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions, I Know What You Did Last Summer) Though he is not seen in Hollywood as the top leading man, he is a very believable actor and has shined in the field of drama. I honestly believe that if you can nail drama you can pretty much nail anything outside of comedy.
The show was originally suppose to premiere on TNT with Paramount Pictures doing the development. It has since been reported that the show found a new home on the USA network which has given the series a pilot commitment. According to IMDB the series is in post-production.
PREMIERE: 2016 (Unannounced Official Date)
PREMISE: "A series inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings."
The original film was done in 1973 and was written by author and screenwriter Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Congo). I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that a majority of the readers who come across this won;t know what Westworld is, but that's about to change.
The premise of the original film was: A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. Pretty much you have a place where people can indulge in fantasies with life-like robots. There were already issues reported when the actors allegedly had to sign a form saying that they may appear "fully nude" with "genital to genital touching." And that's why it's on HBO. For certain stories I truly believe it is network dependent in order to work.
An all star cast is involved including: Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood. 10 episodes have already been filmed with the series set to premiere in early to mid 2016.
7: TRAINING DAY
PREMISE: "On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears." (film premise)
There's not a ton of information out there on this other than the original films Director Antoine Fuqua is set to direct and produce. CBS has committed to producing the pilot. If the pilot is even remotely decent I have a strong feeling that the network will go all in on a first season just to test it out. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE, there is apparently already an offer to Ethan Hawke to reprise his role as Jake Hoyt...which doesn't make a lot of sense to me unless we're being introduced to a real running timeline in which Jake is now older and brings on his own rookie to train. There's no way he can be the rookie again 15 years later. They've release no premise so this one could go anywhere.
8: LETHAL WEAPON
PREMISE: 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.
Sooo basically this is the exact same premise as the original film. Now, the original film spawned multiple sequels so I think we can say it's safe to say that there can be an episodic story line. They will obviously have to make changes though. If they follow the exact story line of the films the audience won't need to watch. The best thing they can do with this one is keep it as fresh as possible.
That already seems to be the direction they're taking with the casting of Roger Murtaugh. Danny Glover was a serious, down to earth father who was ready for retirement. Now the role will be played by Damon Wayans (In Living Color, Major Payne, My Wife and Kids) who, at 55, can certainly put a new spin on "getting too old for this shit." The next step is to get him a Riggs worth watching. Someone who could play well with Wayans. Chemistry is vital in order to make Lethal Weapon work.
This one is in my top 5 for series I'm excited about. I wrote an article, which you can find here, with all the available details at this time. Obviously there isn't a trailer for the show and I'm sure you've seen the original films multiple times so why don't I just leave you with Lethal Weapon 5 starring Glen Howerton and Rob McElhenny? This is the first 15 minutes of the rest of your life.
9: FRIDAY THE 13TH: CRYSTAL LAKE CHRONICLES
NETWORK: CW (not a typo)
PREMISE: "...the basic premise focuses on the REAL city of Crystal Lake, and the effect that the serialized films had on its real life counterpart."
For starters don't worry, this is NOTHING like the original Friday The 13th series from the 80's. And if you're thinking, "you mean the movie." No, I don't. I'm talking about that garbage that ran from 1987-90. Now you're thinking, "A series with Jason!? That's awesome." But once again you'd be wrong. This series followed two antique store owners as they recovered cursed antiques. Go ahead, look it up. That happened. When I found out the series would be coming back I made sure to find out if it would be following Jason, and it will. Don't let the premise scare you.
Apparently we will be seeing the "real" Crystal Lake that the films were "based off of" and how it affected the town. Oh, and Jason. Not that he would have cared, but he'll be there or come back for some reason and start killing again. This opens the door to do a lot with the characters... and I'm not so sure that's a good thing. I think it's a cool premise and a unique way to take it. They are obviously wanting to give the fans what they want in the process. That's tough to balance. Then add in the fact that the show is going on CW and it gets a little more tricky to handle.
The creator Sean Cunningham stated that they went with the CW because they "know that audience" and then went on to use Arrow and The Flash as examples. That doesn't put me at ease at all. What I really gathered from everything he said was that they want to go after that millennial audience. If that's the case they may tell the story however they like because people like myself that grew up on it aren't their target anymore.
NETWORK: SYFY (rumored)
PREMISE: "25 years after the original film we pick up on the life of Val McKee."
This is my number one favorite show slotted to come out. The main reason for that is that Kevin Bacon has officially signed on to reprise the role of Val, a main character from the original film. There's no word on whether or not we will see Earl or any of the other characters. With the signing of Bacon one can only hope. If Ash vs The Evil Dead is any indication of how high a series can climb with an original cast member then I'd say we're in good company.
As of right now there is no word on the official plot other than the fact that it will center around Val. There were 4 films in total and with each film the Tremor changed its form. More than likely we will start off with the traditional Tremor and go from there. I don't know if that will work or not but personally I don't mind cutting out the "updated" monsters. I was never a big fan of changing them in the first place.
The show is rumored to go to the SyFy Channel given their history with the Tremor franchise. One would imagine they already have the necessary paperwork to continue on with the rights. The good thing about Tremors is that regardless of the network they can deliver.
11: THE EXORCIST
As of now there is only a pilot order for the series. There's no news on casting or directing. For now what we know is that Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) will be writing the adaptation. I have searched but there's nothing out there as far as plot point. Which means we are a long way from seeing what this will become. The original film was horrifying on so many levels, but horror today, especially in TV, doesn't seem to work as well when you draw it out that long. Once they cast Reagan the ball will be officially moving, but the real question remains: Will it terrify our souls the way the film did?
12: GALAXY QUEST
PREMISE: The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.
Amazon and Paramount have both kept quiet about this project since its purchase was announced. So as of now all we know is that the rights and the title have been acquired. Whether any of the original cast will return remains to be seen, but chances are very, very slim. Obviously no Rickman. Tim Allen isn't really doing much but Weaver isn't going to happen. Not for a series. Right now the rumors are that they will attempt a total reboot with a new cast. Considering the fact that the characters were TV actors this could really work.
PREMISE: Taken will focus on how Bryan Mills acquires his expert skills that enabled him to become the character known to audiences today.
This show is a prequel to the three films. As opposed to the movies, Mills will have no wife. No children. Instead we will be seeing his days in the CIA that caused him to become the wrong person to mess with. Liam Neeson has no ties to the project. There are people pushing for him to join, which totally makes sense wince this is a prequel. Who better to play a younger Liam Neeson than an Older Liam Neeson?
14: THE MIST
By proxy of the 2007 film this Stephen King novel from 1984 counts. The film was decent. I guess I can see where they could stretch this out into a series, but even then I can only see it as a mini series. The word on the street is that Dimension Television will be following the original novel, but as a guideline, not an outline. The Weinstein family is also rumored to be involved which is what really gives this news grounding. Even though a network hasn't picked it up, the studio is fully behind it and with pull like the Weinstein's have I'd have to believe this one will pull through.
It's extremely hard to believe any news about Rambo these days. Especially with the news that Sylvester Stallone will not be involved. Which is honestly a good thing. He's too old to be John Rambo and I don't really want to see a spin off series about his son which was the original idea behind it. Now that Stallone is out there seems to be no news surfacing, however Fox has yet to back out of the project or scrap it. More than likely they are waiting for a script that is worthy of shooting. Also without Stallone it opens the door to start at the beginnings of Rambo. It might even pre-date First Blood. The worst thing they could possibly do is bring it into modern day and try to tell that same story.... no way. This is a different world. If you're going to do that you might as well just spoof it and reboot Hot Shots! with Charlie Sheen.
*THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
PREMISE: "The People Under the Stairs concerns “a young woman [who] goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor” and a “centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate."
This show was going to be amazing. I was a huge fan of the original film when I was a child. I use to watch it at 1 A.M. on TBS on the weekends when I didn't have school. It freaked me out. I always worried some crazy people would kidnap me and cut my tongue out for my not so proper language. In case you didn't watch it, this movie was about a crazy married couple that stole kids to raise as their own. They had so much love to give but it was conditional...like, on the condition that they sinned, they would gouge out their eyes and cut off their tongues and ears according to what they had done. And who can forget Roach, the kid inside the wall? He was my favorite.
The beautiful thing about this show was that Wes Craven was completely on board. It was described as Downton Abbey meets Amityville Horror. I don't really know what that means, but Craven was involved, so whatever. With his passing there was fear that the shows he was working on would be scrapped. However the production company has decided to pull forward in honor of his memory. They still have yet to release a premise, but there is definitely the possibility of this being a great mini-series. If it runs for more than a season or two I'm not sure where it could go. And with Craven's passing I'm not so sure I trust anyone to write and expand on that story without his guidance.
A STATEMENT FROM UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS:
Wes Craven was a master artist, a gentleman and it was our pleasure to work with him.... It is our intention to bring to life all the projects Wes developed at Universal Cable Productions. Thankfully these projects have benefited greatly from his development and guidance since their inception. They will continue in his honor and spirit.
*ASHECLIFFE (SHUTTER ISLAND)
PREMISE: A Prequel to the film, Ashecliffe will focus on the mental hospital in which Dicaprio's character was staying while investigating.
One of the reasons this show hasn't gotten underway is because Martin Scorsese is set to Direct once again. As many of us know, he is a busy man. So busy in fact that there hasn't been any breaking ground on this project in almost a year. The original release stated that this would be a prequel to the film that takes place within the walls of the hospital. It would follow the lines of Fargo where they explore the territory, not the characters. So far that's been very successful. I wouldn't expect this anytime soon, however there has yet to be any news on whether the series has been canned.