9 Upcoming TV Shows Based on Hit Movies
This fall saw the introduction of several new shows based on popular feature films, including Fox’s Minority Report and CBS’s Limitless. But it looks like that was just the beginning of TV’s current reboot craze. There are still a slew of movie-to-TV adaptations set to premiere in the near future, from comedies like next year’s Uncle Buck to crime dramas like Training Day. These shows are bringing stories that we loved in movie form back to life on the small screen. Check out 9 film-inspired TV series currently in the works:
1. Rush Hour
CBS’s upcoming comedy-drama reimagines the popular film franchise of the same name. The series stars Justin Hires as Detective Carter, a radical LAPD detective, and Jon Foo as Detective Lee, a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong. It follows the two as they are forced into forming an unlikely partnership.
The team behind the original Rush Hour movies, Arthur Sarkissian and Brett Ratner, are on board as executive producers for the series. CBS’s version of Rush Hour is expected to have a midseason premiere. [Update, 2/18/16: Per CBS, the show will premiere on March 31.]
2. Uncle Buck
ABC has greenlit to series a reboot of the 1989 John Candy film, Uncle Buck. The show stars Mike Epps as the titular character, a fun loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. He moves in with his brother and sister-in-law to help him with his niece and nephew. His unconventional personality may make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems too.
The upcoming comedy, which co-stars Nia Long, James Lesure, and Iman Benson, is expected to air sometime in 2016.
3. Training Day
Training Day is the latest title to become a part of TV’s big remake craze. Per THR, CBS has handed out a hefty pilot production commitment to a series based on the 2001 film. The original movie starred Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington. Though no specific plot details about the small screen adaptation have been released, the developing series will reportedly take place 15 years after the movie, centering on the LAPD of 2015.
The pilot was written by former LAPD detective, Will Beal. Antoine Fuqua, who directed the original feature film, has signed on helm the pilot, as well as executive produce.
4. The Notebook
As just announced in early August, a TV version of Nicholas Sparks’ beloved romantic drama is in the works at The CW. The network is developing a series based on Sparks’ bestselling 1996 novel and the 2004 hit film, which starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Should it go to series, the TV version of the love story will likely omit the elderly version of the couple, in which Allie has been stricken with Alzheimer’s.
The project is still in the early stages of development, so no casting has been announced yet. Sparks will serve as an executive producer on the project.
5. Friday the 13th
The CW is prepping a Friday the 13th TV series, as the network exec confirmed this summer. The horror/crime thriller, based on the long-running movie franchise, would revive famed serial killer Jason Vorhees. The series is still only in the very early stages of development, so casting news and more specific plot details have yet to be released.
The project comes as the network has been pushing further into horror fare. It hails from The Pretender creators Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who will pen the script.
6. Lethal Weapon
The ’80s and ’90s film franchise is getting a 2010s reboot on Fox. The series will follow the same premise of the movies, focusing on a Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs, who has just moved to Los Angeles after the deaths of his wife and child. There, he meets partner LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh, who needs to be extra careful after having a heart attack. Fox has issued a hefty put-pilot commitment to the TV take, which will be written by Matt Miller (Forever, Chuck). Miller will also co-executive produce alongside Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes) and Jennifer Gwartz. [Update, 2/18/16: Per Variety, Damon Wayans, Sr. will play Murtaugh, while the role of Riggs has still not been cast.]
The 2013 Korean feature film, directed by Bong Joon Ho and starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, will soon be adapted to a TV series. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Tomorrow Studios has optioned the rights to the film, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic Ice Age where the only remaining life on the planet survives aboard a train that travels around the globe. Josh Friedman (Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds) is already attached to pen the script. Meanwhile, Bong will be involved in the project as a producer. Original co-producer Dooho Choi will also executive produce alongside Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Chan-wook Park.
9. The Exorcist
Fox recently ordered a pilot for a small screen adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel. Envisioned as a “modern reinvention” of the classic story, the show will reportedly be a serialized psychological thriller that follows two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil. Jeremy Slater, the scribe behind last year’s Fantastic Four, will write the one-hour drama, as well as executive produce with James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall.