TV Shows Turned Movies: Everybody Wants One

After Veronica Mars broke Kickstarter records to raise more than $3M for an adaptation of the hit TV show into a movie, everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon. Suddenly every show that ended before its time is ready for its reboot. Fans are excited to be able to part of the push to get the movie made and the show's creators and producers have a new way to convince movie studios to fund the project. Everybody wants in.


Some pitches are more successful than others. Lauren Graham actually contributed to the Veronica Mars campaign and was asked by fans if Gilmore Girls would be following in their footsteps. She responded on twitter (referring to Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show's creator):

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A Gilmore Girls movie was actually discussed in 2009 in an interview with Sherman-Palladino:

Anything can happen ... I’m in touch with [Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel]. If there’s a story to tell, then absolutely I think we’re all going to want to tell it.
— Entertainment Weekly
Huffington Post reminded us that Amy Sherman-Palladino is working on Bunheads, Lauren Graham is in Parenthood and Alexis Bledel is attached to Fox's upcoming and Family & Friends, so nothing is happening as of yet, but who knows. 

Zachary Levi from Chuck, also took to twitter to mention his desires for a movie:

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Levi told EW that he went to executive producer Chris Fedak and Warner Bros. Television president Peter Roth at the end of the fifth season to talk about the possibility of an online Chuck movie, but his pitch was rejected. 



Other potential projects include a Pushing Daisies movie, a quirky ABC drama that was cancelled in 2008. Creator Bryan Fuller was inspired by the Mars campaign and spoke about the idea in an interview:

When I saw [the campaign] online, I said to my agent immediately, ‘Can we do this with Pushing Daisies or [short-lived Fox series] Wonderfalls?’
— The Hollywood Reporter

Rob Thomas (who created the kickstarter campaign for Veronica Mars) said in an interview for HitFix that Fuller actually sent him an email to get advice about the kickstarter campaign, so a Pushing Daisies movie (or maybe just the kickstarter campaign) could actually be heading our way.



Shawn Ryan also wants a kickstarter campaign for a Terriers movie after failing to get Fox 21 excited in his first pitch, so better luck next time?

The only person who isn't that excited about all of this is Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly). He told Buzzfeed about his expectation that fans will want a Firefly movie: 

My fourth feeling when I read about [the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign] was a kind of dread. Because I realized the only thing that would be on everybody’s mind right now.

Oh well, so tough when everybody loves your show...

The most anticipated adaptation is obviously Arrested development, so everyone else can just give up already, this one is actually important. The show is a total Van Gogh and only really appreciated after its death, so it's time to appreciate the shit out of it. Netflix is god and is bringing us new episodes this May. There is no movie deal yet, but creator Mitch Hurwitz promised confidently that it will happen at an appearance at SXSW last week, so that's as good as done, right?



Finally, the Entourage movie no one thought was going to happen, is actually our winner! The movie got the official green light from Warner Bros. in January, huzzah! Entourage creator Doug Ellin, who wrote the script and will direct the film, told Deadline that the movie will pick up six months after the finale and will center around Ari's new job at a Time Warner. You can get a sneak peak of the script in the awesome tumblr of leaked scenes.



I'm totally in favor of TV show-turned-movies, but all I can say is BE CAREFUL! A movie can be a great way to get closure on characters' stories, especially when the show ends too soon, but you don't want to ruin the story. You already have solid characters and a plotline, which is more than a lot of movies that come out these days can claim, but there is a lot at stake. There is a dedicated fan-base who after donating money to get the project funded are just that much more invested in the movie. You cannot fuck it up. May I remind you of Sex and the City 2? That can't happen again.