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With The A Team being the latest in a long line of Movies based on TV shows in mind and inspired by Heather from Movie Mobsters list of Top Ten Adaptations Of TV To Film I thought I would make a list of TV shows that would make good movies including who I think should direct and star. 

  • Alias (2001-06)
  • The Show: J.J. Abrams created the ridiculously convoluted story arc in this all action TV show the reason it worked is the great central character, Sydney Bristow perfectly cast (Jennifer Garner).
  • The Movie:  There are two ways of doing it either a spin-off of the show, the advantage of this is Jennifer Garner gets to revisit her best character. The disadvantage is the story of the TV show reached a satisfactory conclusion. The other option is a complete reboot based around Sydney’s transition from student to SD-6 to CIA.
  • Director: J.J. Abrams
  • Star: Option one: Jennifer Garner; Option Two: Amanda Seyfried
  • Chances of being made: Slim

  • Veronica Mars (2004-07)
  • The Show: Everything’s going well for popular high school student Veronica Mars (Kristin Bell) until to put it mildly things start to go wrong. Her best friend is murdered, she is raped, her mother leaves and her farther loses his job as the town sheriff. Veronica becomes a teen sleuth to solve her problems. Covering the end of her time at high school and her early collage years and combines individual weekly stories and a larger story arc.
  • The Movie: The show is all about Kristin Bell and no one else could really play the part. Bell also really deserves a good movie role. All the movie needs is a new story to make the most of the character.
  • Director: Catherine Hardwicke
  • Star: Kristin Bell
  • Chances of being made: less than slim

 

  • Magnum, P.I (1980-88)
  • The Show: Vietnam veteran and former Navy SEAL turned P.I. Thomas Magnum lives rent free in the guest house of a beachfront Hawaiian estate owned by successful author Robin Masters (who is never seen but voiced by Orson Welles in two episodes) who Magnum once did an unspecified favour for. He also drives Masters Ferrari.
  • The Movie: Can be set in the 80’s or updated to make Magnum a Gulf War veteran. There are two basic ideas that will work. An origin story starting with Magnum down on his luck until he helps Masters out. The second, start with the established setup of the TV show and jump into a story. An update of a 40s style noir would be perfect.
  • Director:Jason Reitman
  • Star: There were rumours a few years ago suggesting Matthew McConaughey, this could work. I could also see current flavour of the month Bradley Cooper doing a good job.
  • Chances of being made: only a matter of time.

 

  • 21 Jump Street (1987-91)
  • The Show: A group of young looking LAPD officers including (a 24 year old) Johnny Depp are part of an undercover unit specializing in youth crime in colleges and high schools where regular officers couldn’t blend in.
  • The Movie: Exactly the same as the TV show.
  • Director:  Doug Liman
  • Stars: Zac Efron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (possibly too old), Evan Rachel Wood, Camilla Belle.
  • Chances of being made: You never know!

 

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
  • The Show: A gateway into hell is located beneath a high school, that’s one metaphor that won’t be lost on any teenager (or anyone who has ever been a teenager, in other words all of us). Add to this setting Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) a cheerleader turned vampire slayer who falls in love with a vampire (or two).
  • The Movie: Buffy the Vampire Slayer already had its chance as a movie, in fact it was a movie first and it seriously sucked! Joss Whedon made Serenity after Firefly was cancelled
  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Star: Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Chances of being made: not great

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