Okay, so I think this just has to be addressed with the slew of films and film series inexplicably being turned into TV series, not every single one needs a series as you know and in fact, the vast majority never need to become a series, I mean The Notebook has been announced to be in the works and is coming to the CW in the near future and seriously, The Notebook?
I just don’t quite see the necessity for this to be happening, also coming to the CW is Friday The 13th the series. And slated for this autumn we already have Minority Report on Fox which is less than stellar, Rush Hour the series is coming and Ash Vs Evil Dead is already on Starz, joining Scream which has finished its first season on MTV and is already renewed for season 2. I’m wondering what the reasoning behind commissioning all of these shows is as they’re far from guaranteed success for one and secondly, news of them is always met with a collective “whaaaa” around the internet. I get the idea of people wanting to expand on certain film lore and stories and make series of them but we’re about to cross the threshold of plausibility here and it won’t be long before we start getting series like The Thing and Karate Kid and no, just no, stop it.
The thing with these shows like Scream on MTV is that they don’t bring anything new or exciting to their own universe, the show exists as non-canon in relation to the film which is fair enough but why would you want to watch a show based on a film that you may like but with none of the characters from the film and with a different tone and style to it? It really is a bizarre set up but networks seem to running with the trend and commissioning more and more of the series, I get that the sound of a spin off of a popular and entertaining film may seem good at first but when you really break it down, a lot of premises for TV series of films sort of fall apart.
In slight defense of this recent trend (that doesn’t really work imo), right now can be seen as a golden age for TV with a slew of high profile actors flocking to TV and sometimes staying there, the budgets for TV networks are huge and can rival movies in special effects and in scope with huge casts and now more than ever, there’s lot of creativity in genres that don’t tend to do well as films these days – horror and fantasy. So I can see why going with a TV series rather than another re-boot or pointless sequel could be an option but it just doesn’t quite work for some films and funnily enough the few films you may actually want as series aren’t the ones getting touched, so the situation does kinda suck. Bates Motel is the big exception to the rule, a successful drama based on Norman Bates and a prequel to Psycho, but even it isn’t exactly a stellar drama and okay I’ll give it to the Fargo series, not my cup of tea but it is fairly highly acclaimed and has good ratings.
But come on Hollywood, you’re not out of ideas just yet, we don’t need a Notebook or Die Hard or Fight Club series and a lot of films stand well enough on their own as they are and don’t need that extra adaptation.
And more to the point, some ideas for films just don’t really work as TV show, hence how you can have a great film but a terrible attempt at a TV show from the same material, this trend may not go away for a while yet but hopefully the big networks don’t go anywhere near the all time classics, Jaws the series? Godfather the series? No thank you.