10 Movies You Didn't Know Are Becoming TV Shows

All you favourites - at eight times the length!

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Despite the fact that right now is considered to be "the golden age of television," in which original shows such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad and Mad Men have thrived and cemented themselves as some of the best works of fiction ever, networks are still looking to Hollywood for inspiration. Surely it should be the other way around?

Either out of fear of green-lighting an original show or because they believe that an established movie adapted to TV is more likely to bring in the ratings, networks are still knocking on Hollywood's door and saying: "Hey, do you mind if we use that?"

Sometimes it works, of course, and you end up with something as brilliantly original as Fargo - a show that takes its cues from a well-established film but isn't afraid to do its own thing in the process. Or it can go the other way and you get My Big Fat Greek Life. Yeah, less said about that the better.

What follows, then, are 10 famous movies that you probably didn't know are on their way to becoming fully-fledged TV shows. No joke - these are all really happening.

Will they succeed, or fall by the wayside? It's tough to predict how this might pan out, of course, though it's safe to say that some of the shows mentioned here look like they might have what it takes to give audiences at least one satisfying season. On the other hand, there are some that seem... well, kind of doomed.

Contributor

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.