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02.11.2008by:

... enough with the TV show remakes!
by Sturdy

ďNew Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, old television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is that the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie.Ē Ė Bill Maher

Iíve had this complaint for a while, but Iíve hesitated writing about it. I kept hoping that the next TV remake was going to be fun, but after getting let down numerous times, and hearing about upcoming projects, Iíve given up hope. Remaking old TV shows into movies just doesnít work. Not that much effort is being put into making them, but even if you have some talent involved, the film is still doomed for failure. Before I go on, I want to distinguish between continuing a show with movies and remaking a TV show into a movie. Continuing a series like SIMPSONS, SEX AND THE CITY or X-FILES is perfectly fine. In fact, in most cases itís preferred. I would love to see a LOST or SOPRANOS movie.


This was the best thing about the Hazzard movie.

However, thatís not what this is about. What Iím asking for is for Hollywood to stop making old TV shows into movies. I thought we were slowing down after the painful experience of DUKES OF HAZZARD and MIAMI VICE, but with the never-ending rumors about the A-TEAM movie (among others), I think the trend is here to stay. At least until weíve covered every TV show from the 70ís and 80ís. Iím not sure why Hollywood is so obsessed with TV shows, but Iím assuming they think that if they throw something together and slap a recognizable name on the front, the movie will probably make money. Iíd love to say theyíre wrong, but people still go see them, probably the same people that made MEET THE SPARTANS number one at the box office.


Yeah, I don't see this working as a film, no matter who is starring in it.

Now is the time to stop remaking TV shows into films. I know MAGNUM P.I. is being tossed around and there are some other temptations out there, but enough is enough. The people that liked MAGNUM P.I. and the A-TEAM back in the 80ís, are now pushing 30 and 40 years old. We liked Tom Selleck and George Peppard, but weíre not going to like whatever O.C. reject they cast in their roles now. Granted, I was curious with Clooney attached to both of those projects, but I seriously doubt heíll actually do it. If Clooney is going to do any TV character from the 80ís, then I want him to be Willie Tanner in an ALF movie. HA! (I hope itís obvious Iím kidding)


I bet the theme song is already stuck in your head.

I know a lot of people get upset with the casting in these remakes and I canít say I blame them. THE HONEYMOONERS was the worst of the bunch, but was anyone happy with Johnny Knoxville and Sean William Scott? And I donít even know whatís going on with DALLAS. Luckily I wasnít a fan of the show to begin with. The list goes on, but like I said, theyíre not even trying anymore. Itís more about who they can get for cheap and how fast they can get it in theatres. Also, is there some kind of rule that every star of a TV show remake be under 30 years old? Younger doesnít always mean better. Ugghh, I sound like my parents.


I don't even know what to say about this

As a fan of old TV shows, I sometimes get excited when I read about an old show making its way to the big screen. But no matter what the film, theyíve always turned out to be a big disappointment. Whether theyíre trying to make an action series a comedy, or they pick a horrible cast, something always goes wrong. Enough with the TV show remakes. Letís put some faith and trust into all the young screenwriters out there that have original ideas. Nowís the time to make a new batch of heroes, not rehash old ones.

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9:12AM on 02/11/2008
I keep hoping someday another movie like "The Fugitive" will come along, that takes the basic story from a TV show and turns it into a full-blown movie with originality to spare. Even if you don't love Andrew Davis' "The Fugitive" you gotta admit he did something different.
I keep hoping someday another movie like "The Fugitive" will come along, that takes the basic story from a TV show and turns it into a full-blown movie with originality to spare. Even if you don't love Andrew Davis' "The Fugitive" you gotta admit he did something different.
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3:06AM on 03/21/2008

MOSTLY

I mostly agree with this, but I can recall one TV show that was successfully remade into a movie . . . The Fugitive.
I mostly agree with this, but I can recall one TV show that was successfully remade into a movie . . . The Fugitive.
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12:58PM on 02/14/2008
I'm pretty sure that quote is misattributed. It's Bill Maher that does the New Rules bit.
I'm pretty sure that quote is misattributed. It's Bill Maher that does the New Rules bit.
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4:33PM on 02/12/2008

Boo A-Team

I've been against the A-Team movie since the beginning. Ice Cube in Mr. T's role definitely confirmed it for me. It will suck thoroughly.
As for other shows, I'm really not sure. I love 24, but a movie of it? I guess it could be done, but I think it would suffer in the transfer. It all goes back to Hollywood losing something like 99% of their originality.
I've been against the A-Team movie since the beginning. Ice Cube in Mr. T's role definitely confirmed it for me. It will suck thoroughly.
As for other shows, I'm really not sure. I love 24, but a movie of it? I guess it could be done, but I think it would suffer in the transfer. It all goes back to Hollywood losing something like 99% of their originality.
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5:04PM on 02/11/2008
somehow i double posted.............. my apologies
somehow i double posted.............. my apologies
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4:21PM on 02/11/2008

Amazing idea

While they are at it, how about a Superhuman Samurai Cybersquad Movie? And relaunch Matthew Lawrence's "career"

While they are at it, how about a Superhuman Samurai Cybersquad Movie? And relaunch Matthew Lawrence's "career"

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4:18PM on 02/11/2008
the worst thing possible would be like a remake of Welcome Back, Kotter with Kotter being played by Ice Cube and it being directed by Tom Brady (The Hot Chick, The Comebacks)... Oh Wait a minute:

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the worst thing possible would be like a remake of Welcome Back, Kotter with Kotter being played by Ice Cube and it being directed by Tom Brady (The Hot Chick, The Comebacks)... Oh Wait a minute:

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1:39PM on 02/11/2008
I agree with this whole TV thing as well, hasn't Bionic Woman been cancelled yet? And Knight Rider? We'll see how long that will last.

Nice column Sturdy... A Sopranos movie would be interesting indeed, but not these crappy remakes they're doing now. Ugh.
I agree with this whole TV thing as well, hasn't Bionic Woman been cancelled yet? And Knight Rider? We'll see how long that will last.

Nice column Sturdy... A Sopranos movie would be interesting indeed, but not these crappy remakes they're doing now. Ugh.
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1:00PM on 02/11/2008
i can't wait for the Married with Children remake with Val Kilmer as Al Bundy
i can't wait for the Married with Children remake with Val Kilmer as Al Bundy
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11:20AM on 02/11/2008

Remakes on TV too

Originality is dying on TV as well. The Bionic Woman and Knight Rider have already been remade into new television shows. What's next? MacGuyver?
Originality is dying on TV as well. The Bionic Woman and Knight Rider have already been remade into new television shows. What's next? MacGuyver?
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10:29AM on 02/11/2008

My list

I have yet to see any of these make it, they have the potential:

Manimal
Beans Baxter
BJ & the Bear
Mr. Merlin
Square Pegs
Mr. Smith
Enos
Kojak
The Highwayman
Sledge Hammer
Airwolf or Blue Thunder
Viper or Street Knight
Scarecrow & Mrs King
Simon & Simon
TJ Hooker
Adam 12
The Munsters
Max Headroom
Herman's Head
Mission:Impossible (without the story on just one character, they're a f'n team)

I have yet to see any of these make it, they have the potential:

Manimal
Beans Baxter
BJ & the Bear
Mr. Merlin
Square Pegs
Mr. Smith
Enos
Kojak
The Highwayman
Sledge Hammer
Airwolf or Blue Thunder
Viper or Street Knight
Scarecrow & Mrs King
Simon & Simon
TJ Hooker
Adam 12
The Munsters
Max Headroom
Herman's Head
Mission:Impossible (without the story on just one character, they're a f'n team)

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10:19AM on 02/11/2008
Hah nice George Carlin quote. Gotta love him. =]

And I couldn't agree more about these TV show-to-film remakes. I have yet to find one I really liked. Starsky and Hutch? Are you kidding me? How can you even call that load of crap comedy?

The only way it would work is if the show just ended and the whole original cast comes back. Sex and the City? I'm not sure, but I think it could work. 24? Definitely looks like a winner. X-Files? It wasn't the best but it did alright. I'm just waiting
Hah nice George Carlin quote. Gotta love him. =]

And I couldn't agree more about these TV show-to-film remakes. I have yet to find one I really liked. Starsky and Hutch? Are you kidding me? How can you even call that load of crap comedy?

The only way it would work is if the show just ended and the whole original cast comes back. Sex and the City? I'm not sure, but I think it could work. 24? Definitely looks like a winner. X-Files? It wasn't the best but it did alright. I'm just waiting for a Lost movie!
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10:00AM on 02/11/2008
I could not disagree more with that George Carlin quote. Sorry, but like it or not, there are several shows I plan on bringing to the big screen when I get into and make it big in showbiz.

But they won't be adaptations. They'll be continuations. Like The X-Files and Star Trek TNG and TOS flicks. With the same cast, continuing the story. The following shows I'd bring:

Nowhere Man
Tru Calling
Boomtown
The Sentinel (not to be confused with the Michael Douglas/Kiefer Sutherland
I could not disagree more with that George Carlin quote. Sorry, but like it or not, there are several shows I plan on bringing to the big screen when I get into and make it big in showbiz.

But they won't be adaptations. They'll be continuations. Like The X-Files and Star Trek TNG and TOS flicks. With the same cast, continuing the story. The following shows I'd bring:

Nowhere Man
Tru Calling
Boomtown
The Sentinel (not to be confused with the Michael Douglas/Kiefer Sutherland flick)

And one movie I can't wait for is the 24 movie.

EDIT: Whoops. My bad. I didn't read the article. But now I did and I see he's fine with movies that are continuations. It's just remakes he has a problem with.

That said I must confess that I've actually liked my fair share of those too. Bewitched, The Honeymooners (yep, Roger Ebert isn't the only person who liked I did too), Starsky and Hutch and The Dukes of Hazzard are entertaining movies. I even enjoyed the I Spy movie.
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8:43AM on 02/11/2008

Well at least....

At least Starsky and Hutch was funny. I can't say I'm a fan on any of the other t.v. shows remade into movies either, but if they were along the lines of Starsky and Hutch I could probably get down with it. Why is it I could see the frat pack gang (vince vaughn, stiller, farrel, wilson brothers etc.) and the apatow gang able to do this though. I'm sure they'd always make the transition hilarious.
At least Starsky and Hutch was funny. I can't say I'm a fan on any of the other t.v. shows remade into movies either, but if they were along the lines of Starsky and Hutch I could probably get down with it. Why is it I could see the frat pack gang (vince vaughn, stiller, farrel, wilson brothers etc.) and the apatow gang able to do this though. I'm sure they'd always make the transition hilarious.
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