Time and again, television studios have turned to the big screen for help to pad up their weekly offerings. This makes sense because if a movie is a hit, then you basically have most of your work already cut out for you. Just buy the TV rights for a well-known movie, hire a proven showrunner, recast the roles with some big-name actors the audience will recognize, and you already have a guarantee that people will tune in out of sheer curiosity.
This is a formula that has proven successful many times over. Without it we wouldn’t have classic shows like MASH, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood. Currently on your tube are successful TV shows based on films like Fargo, Westworld, and What We Do in the Shadows.
Now with so many streaming services debuting every other month, it’s no surprise that among many of their production slates include the old go-to of turning popular films into series. In fact there are tons of them coming out very soon to networks, streaming, and cable TV.
The lovable little Mogwai and their fiendish reptilian counterparts are coming back! A third entry in the Gremlins series that started way back in 1984 has been suffering in development hell for quite some time. But while we’re waiting on that, you’ll be pleased to hear that WarnerMedia is forging ahead with plans for an animated series, titled Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai.
The series will follow the owner of the novelty shop from the first film, Mr. Wing, only the story will go back to when Mr. Wing was just 10 years old and first came into contact with the Mogwai.
Set in 1920s China, it promises to expand the world of the Mogwai and introduce new creatures, some of which hark back to ancient Chinese folklore. The animated series will be available on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max.