(ch. 13) Small Screen – Big Screen

c360eb91e0004e3bcee094b2d71bf738Translating or adapting TV shows or characters to the big screen can be a pretty easy task for some filmmakers. They have built in characters, storylines, and (company) owned products. Many times these characters have audiences already familiar with the product, which makes for potential box-office plenty.

 There are times though that a less successful TV show (or character) can break through on film and expand the lifetime of the characters and the storylines. The reverse is possible as well; just because success was found on the small screen doesn’t mean it will find the same on theatres. The bottom line is that adapting anything to the silver screen is a gamble, even if characters and storylines already have some earlier foundation. But for most of these films it is about the potential for box-office financial success.ernest_saves_christmas_poster

There are three types of TV to film adaptations for filmmakers to consider when translating the characters or series. 1. A reinterpretation or recreation of the story with new actors and potentially different storyline concepts. 2. An extension of the episodic TV series with the same actors and storyline continuation. 3. Or a combination of both.

The following provides a list of some TV to film adaptation successes and failures with dates connecting to the original small screen source.

21 Jump Street & 22 Jump Street (2012, 2014) = TV series 1987-1991

 The A-Team (2010)= TV series 1983-1987

 The Addams Family film series (1991-1998) = TV series 1964-19665c7662a35146547b27c06fa0f8de6970

 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) = TV series 1959-1964

Alvin and the Chipmunks film series (2007-2015) = TV series 1961-1962

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) = TV series Beavis and Butt-Head 1993-1997, 2011

The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) = TV Series 1962-‘71

Bewitched (2005) = TV Series 1964-‘72

The Blues Brothers (1980) a spinoff from SNL

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995. 1996) = TV Series 1969-‘74brady-bunch-movie-grid_2032

Charlie’s Angels (2000, 2003) = TV Series 1976-‘81

 Dark Shadows (2012) = TV Series 1966-‘71

 Dragnet (1987) = TV Series 1951-’59 & 1967-’70 & 1989-’91 & 2003-‘04

Dukes of Hazzard (2005) = TV Series 1979-‘85

The Edge of Darkness (2010) = TV Series 1985

Entourage (2015) = TV Series 2004-2011

“Ernest” 10-film series (1987-1994) = based on a character “Ernest P. Worrell” from TV commercials

The Flintstones (1994) = TV series debuted 1960

The Fugitive (1993) = TV series 1963-‘67the_fugitive_movie

George of the Jungle (1997) = TV Series 1967, 2007

Get Smart (2008) = TV Series 1965 – 1970, 1995

 Hannah Montana (2009) = TV Series 2006-2011

The Honeymooners (2005) =TV series 1951-1956

Land of the Lost (2009) = TV series 1974-1976

The Last Airbender (2010) = Avatar: The Last Airbender TV series 2005-2008

Leave it to Beaver (1997) = TV series 1957-1963lost-in-space

Lost in Space (1998) = TV series 1965-1968

The Man from UNCLE (2015) = TV series 1964-1968

Maverick (1994) = TV series 1957-1962

Miami Vice (2006) = TV series 1984-1990

 “Mission Impossible” film series (1996-2015) = TV series 1966-1973, 1988-1990missionimpossibleblurayboxset

Mr. Bean (1997, 2007) = Mr. Bean TV series 1990-1995

Mr. Magoo (1997) = TV series 1949-1989

The Mod Squad (1999) = TV series 1968-1973

The Muppets movie series (1979 – 2014) = TV series (1974-2015 various incarnations)

 My Favorite Martian (1999) = TV series 1963-1966

The Naked Gun: From the Files of the Police Squad! film trilogy (1988, 1991, 1994) = “Police Squad” TV series 1982

“Scooby Doo” film series (2002-2010) = TV series 1969-present in various incarnations

Serenity (2005) = TV Series “Firefly” 2002-‘03serenity_1

Sex in the City (2008) = TV series 1998-2004

The Simpsons Movie (2007) = TV series 1989-present

The Smurfs (2011) = TV series 1981-1989

Star Trek film series (1979-2016) = TV series various incarnations since 1966

Starsky and Hutch (2004) = TV Series 1974-1979

S.W.A.T (2003) = TV series 1975-1976

Traffic (2000) = 1989 British miniseries Traffiktwilight-zone-e1440477999732

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) = from TV series 1959-1964

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) = Twin Peaks TV series 1990-1991

Underdog (2007) = TV series 1964-1967

Veronica Mars (2014) = TV series 2004-2007

Wayne’s World (1992) a spinoff from SNL 1989 -2011waynes_world

The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) = TV series 1998-2004

The Wild, Wild West (1999) = TV series 1965-1969

X-Files (1998, 2008) = TV Series 1993-2002, 2016

 

 

11.29.16

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