Everyone has a television show they loved and wanted to see continue and progress or were hugely disappointed when it ended or was canceled. It’s the reason Family Guy has made two comebacks. It’s the reason Arrested Development should make a comeback and it’s the reason David Hasselhoff shouldn’t be linked with the upcoming contemporary Knight Rider pilot or in a Baywatch movie if Lucifer ever manages to make it.
With so many films coming out and merely following the same tired lines as previous attempts (like trilogies, always the same characters doing stuff. GOD!) I got to thinking, whatseries richly deserved a BIG screen outing yet never got the chance? Here are some of my personal favorites.
Ok, this is cheating because I already know a CGI film is being made, scheduled for a 2010 release. I always wondered why He-man, TMNT and Transformers managed to come back and Thundercats didn’t. Have Cats suddenly lost their cool? Yes it had some glaring plot holes, slightly dodgy art and only one of-age female member but at least it didn’t try to teach a lesson at the end of every episode (He-man original and remake) or induce the craving to eat pizza until you wept cheese (Can’t remember which cartoon that was).
So what if it would be impossible to bring into the modern day? So what if it would be virtually impossible to find another cast up to the challenge of playing the four major roles? Stick four barely coherent hobos in that bitching van and drive them around for 2 hours with cars flipping over and exploding every ten minutes. I’d pay to see that. Only Firefly impressed me as much with it’s ability to blend humor and action so seamlessly. Ideal casts have been put forward numerous times, for my money George Clooney and Rob Lowe would be perfect choices for… well you figure it out fool.
Wait a minute. Same cast, great plot, they just called is Serenity. THAT WAS FIREFLY! You maniacs! You blew it! Damn you Fox! Damn you all to hell!
If you can make it through the pilot without tearing your colon with laughter, you’re dead inside. Rumor has it had the show continued a movie would have been released called Invader Dib. Fantastic stories, a quirky and hilarious set of characters and a horribly skewed version of reality that only Jhonen Vasquez seems capable of delivering. I’d sell my mum to see this made.
I’m sorry, some of you won’t like this but this show kicked ass. The action (Post-watershed of course) was satisfying and exciting without needing to be overly blood-tastic. Angel was a suitably watch able leading character, both dark and brooding and painfully awkward at times, a great supporting cast always seemed to crackle with energy and it weren’t afraid to play the serious card or laugh at themselves. Plus it would have spared Poor David featuring in yet another Tara Reid associated movie-bomb.
I’m not sure how much exposure this outstanding series has received over the pond but it is one of the finest sci-fi shows out there. David Tennant plays the Doctor, the last of the Timelords and sole survivor of the Time War. Every episode or two you get to experience the immense loneliness the Doctor feels, his need for a companion and his drive to hold the universe together without thanks or acknowledgment. The only thing holding it back is the BBC’s inability to throw real money at it the way Sky One could with Battlestar Galactica. A big screen debut seems in order.
Series three might have been as entertaining as finding out you have herpes but if they can recapture the magic of the first two seasons it would be hard to deny them a big screen outing.
So there we have it, my list of shows that should have made it into cinemas all over the world but in most cases, probably won’t. Let the arguments begin.