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.