Believe it or not, it’s tough to come up with multimillion dollar ideas for new movies fast enough to keep up with constant demand for silver screen entertainment. In the past, if you decided to choose the right TV service, you had the opportunities to get involved in the more popular and original programs which later morphed into Hollywood productions.
Many times going to the small screen is a great way for the move industry to get inspired and have confidence in a successful feature film. Throughout the years there has been countless TV to movie adaptations for that very reason.
Granted, not every adaptation is good. Just because you decided to choose the right TV service that offered the show(s) originally, does not mean the movie will follow suit. Especially for the die-hard TV show fans. That being said, many adaptations are very well done and while they may not be perfect representations of the original, have become hits on the big screen. Below is a list of five of our most beloved blockbuster films, both new and old that were inspired by TV shows.
Starsky and Hutch
The original TV series ran from 1975-1979. The one-hour long TV show portrayed the adventures of two police officers, their beloved red and white Ford Torino, and their helpful snitch name Huggy Bear. The film inspired by the series aired in 2004 and as of June of the same year had grossed $88 million and has made its way into the hearts of many. Fans of the original series may feel as though the movie did not stay true to the show.
Sex and The City
Sex and the City was a huge small screen success. It was a definite supporting factor when one would decide to choose the right TV service. The show depicted life as a single woman in New York and ran from 1998 until 2004. What made the show so successful? It was the lovable and realistic cast of women telling the story of life and love in the Big Apple. This show became a film success in 2008 with Sex and the City part 1 and again in Sex and the City part 2 following the same cast from their younger years in Manhattan to the final chapter of their love stories as adults.
21 Jump Street
Johnny Depp starred in this series that ran from 1987-1991 which also played a contributing factor when it one had to decide to choose the right TV service. It told the story of a group of fresh-faced undercover detectives. This movie was special because it brought back Johnny Depp and showcased him in a brief but hilarious bit as his character from the original series. That was a very smart move on the part of the writers – and Depp. The feature film that sprouted from this TV drama was a box office success in 2012 grossing $138.4 million
From 1964–1972 it was imperative to choose the right TV service as this show entertained the masses in a overwhelming way with the story of a young witch who married a mortal man enhanced with their hilarious cast of family and neighbors. This hit TV show was turned into a movie in 2005 when Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell helped recreate the show into a movie about the actual recreation of show. It sounds redundant but it was a comedic hit.
Dukes of Hazzard: After a long run from 1979-1985 Dukes of Hazzard retired from the small screen. But cousins Bo, Luke, Daisy and their trusty car General Lee were back at it in 2005 with a revived version of these country cousins’ antics and struggle with local law enforcement. Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, and Jessica Simpson teamed up and brought another classic back for a new audience grossing $80.3 million.
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