With AMC developing a The Walking Dead spin-off, CBS working on a How I Met Your Mother spin-off, and the Breaking Bad spin-off in development, television is obviously continuing in its grand tradition of avoiding original properties. In addition to spin-offs, however, there are a slew of television series being developed AT THIS VERY MOMENT based on movies. Most of them are bad ideas. In fact, all but one (Fargo) are bad ideas. But that’s never gotten in the way of a television studio with $$$ on its mind.
Let’s take a look at the nine series currently in development based on feature films.
Limitless — Bradley Cooper is producing a TV series based on his 2011 hit about about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret “smart drug” that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. I’m sure there’s 10 seasons in that idea.
Outbreak — An hourlong series based on the hit 1995 Warner Bros feature directed by Wolfgang Petersen that will be co-written by John Wells and Orman. Outbreak, which is being developed for NBC, is described as a medical thriller that follows an ensemble of characters as they race to contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic. So, The Walking Dead minus zombies.
Rambo — In August it was announced that Sylvester Stallone was developing a television series based on his character, and Stallone may even return to play the role. Stallone, by the way, is 67. I’m sure this will play well as the Blue Bloods lead-in on CBS.
Fargo — FX has greenlit the series, based on the Coen Brothers movie (though, the story will be different) and it has a pretty great cast, including Glen Howerton and Bob Odenkirk. This, which had the blessing (and is produced by) the Coen Brothers is legitimately exciting.
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle — ABC Family is developing this series based on the early 90s movie, which will tell the story of a young, attractive nanny who terrorizes a suburban family from the inside. HOW THE F&$% DO YOU MAKE 13 EPISODES OUT OF THIS?