8 Classic Films They're Making Into TV Shows

Eight classic films are set to receive a TV adaptation, with Shutter Island and Minority Report on the cards

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During this so-called 'Golden Age' of television, more and more established film actors are turning to the small screen in search of meatier roles. Think Kevin Spacey in House Of CardsMatthew McConaughey in True Detective and more recently, Clive Owen in The Knick.

In a further defiance of the established Hollywood order, we are also now seeing the films themselves being targeted by TV producers. This year's Fargo borrowed the tone of the 1996 Coen Brother thriller it was based on, but introduced characters and plot strands that made it an Emmy-winning entity in its own right. 

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In 2015, the trend is set to continue, with Minority ReportShutter Island and even The Truman Show being reimagined for the living room. Here, we look at how these adaptations, and several others that might surprise you, are shaping up so far.

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1 | Minority Report

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The 2002, Spielberg-directed, Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle was loosely based on a Philip K Dick short story and currently holds a rating of 80% on Metacritic

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new TV series will take place 10 years after the events of the film, when the “Precrime” scheme Cruise was a part of has been disbanded. The new series is set to star a female lead struggling with visions of the future and will be scripted by Max Borenstein, the man behind this year’s so-so Godzilla reboot.

Excitement rating: ***

Release date: TBC


2 | Shutter Island

Scorsese himself is set to direct the pilot episode of the show, which is tentatively titled Ashecliffe. The series is set to focus on the eeire goings-on at the hospital just after the turn of the century. With the original film set in 1954, this leaves plenty of scope for a new interpretation. It’s also a HBO production and will be scripted by the book’s author Dennis Lehane, all of which point to a stand-out show.

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Excitement rating: *****

Release date: TBC


3 | Shooter

Mark Wahlberg’s 2007 action flick was something of a misfire, with little substance holding all of the action together. Paramount TV are currently planning the adaptation, with Wahlberg to produce and John Hlavin (the man behind Underworld: Awakening) to pen the script. Admittedly, neither news is likely to have you jumping for joy, but it’s worth bearing in mind that Wahlberg’s record as a producer far exceeds his on-screen work, with both Boardwalk Empire and Entourage under his belt.

Excitement rating: ***

Release date: TBC


4 | School Of Rock

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The adaptation no one asked for is coming to Nickelodeon for a 13 episode run. So far the plot seems set to follow that of the 2003 film, with an unlucky musician taking a job as a school teacher. Jack Black seems unlikely to star, which is worrying as, although his shtick may have gotten old, he carried the original film. Worse news is that the writing team behind dire British “sitcom” My Family are attached to pen the series. A redemption of sorts may come in the form of the film’s director, Boyhood’s Richard Linklater, who’s on board as executive producer.

Excitement rating: **

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Release date: TBC


5 | Ghost

It’s not exactly hot on the heels of the double Oscar winning 1990 film, but a small screen adaptation is currently being worked on by the writers behind A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend and J.J Abrams’ spy drama Alias. It’s still early days for the supernatural adaptation and nothing concrete has been revealed regarding the plot, although, for obvious reasons, the film's stars seem unlikely to return (however, we’re betting on at least one Whoopi Goldberg cameo).

Excitement rating: ***

Release date: TBC


6 | The Truman Show

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In this age where just about anyone can become a celebrity over night, The Truman Show seems more relevant than ever. It’s been 16 years since (arguably) Jim Carey's greatest film, but now Paramount are considering adding it to their roster of TV projects. Details are being kept underwraps, but the company have just hired a new head of production in the form of AMC’s Jason Fisher who previously oversaw Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Considering this, and the fact that the original film was nominated for three Oscars, we might just have something special on our hands.

Excitement rating: ****

Release date: TBC


7 | The Devil’s Advocate

The Devil’s Advocate may be an underrated Keanu Reeves movie on a par with Point Break, but it’s unlikely he’ll return to the planned NBC adaptation of the 1997 supernatural legal drama. The new series has been written by Matt Venne (the man behind TV horror film Bag Of Bones) and follows the premise of the original film. The film’s Oscar-winning producer Kopelson is also set to executive produce the TV show, along with the team behind the US version of Shameless. There’s currently no word on who (if anyone) could replace Al Pacino as Satan.

Excitement rating: **

Release date: TBC


8 | Outbreak

An NBC pilot is in the works for an adaptation of 1995 pandemic movie, Outbreak. While it may be bad timing for a TV show about an ebola-esque virus spreading across the world, we’re reassured by the involvement of series writer/producer John Wells, who’s previously worked on ER, The West Wing and Southland. There’s no word yet on who’s set to star, but it seems highly unlikely that the film’s stellar cast of Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Donald Sutherland and Kevin Spacey would return, although it would be great to see Spacey having to deal with the situation in a cameo as Frank Underwood.

Excitement rating: ****

Release date: TBC

Which one are you most excited for?


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