There are few things more exciting than watching a TV series rebooted from a popular film. Take the case of the Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman starrer, Sherlock, for example. No amount of movies made on Sherlock Holmes could keep us away from the BBC series. Which is probably why 2017 is seeing the rise of television series based on popular movies. From Snatch to Taken and other great hits, here are five movies coming to the small screen as reboots.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Airing on: Netflix
Jim Carrey’s madness is hard to replicate. Yet, Neil Patrick Harris is doing the impossible, trying to replicate Carrey’s role as Count Olaf from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortuante Events. To further induce nostalgia, the series also features Cobie Smulders, invoking major How I Met Your Mother feels. All of that has ensured that the TV series opened to favourably good reviews when it premiered last week. Fans of Lemony Snicket, too, will be left satisfied after another retelling that stays faithful to the author’s vision.
Releasing: February 2017
Director Antoine Fuqua and producer Jerry Bruckheimer first made Training Day in 2001 with star turns by Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, with the former ending up winning an Oscar for his role. Now, Bill Paxton takes on Washington’s role in the TV series with Fuqua and Bruckheimer as executive producers. Along with rookie actor Justin Cornwell and plenty of cop drama, the TV series definitely promises to be entertaining.
Releasing: February 2017
It might seem like sacrilege to remake Taken in any format without Liam Neeson in the lead role. Yet such a thing is happening with the new TV series based on the Taken storyline. A vengeful dad out to save the world gets a prequel of sorts with Clive Standen playing a young Bryan Mills in the series. Mills uses his “very specific skill set” to punish the bad guys with the movie trilogy’s Luc Besson in the producer’s chair. This one looks exciting.
Releasing: March 2017
Probably not the greatest of decisions to try and rework a Guy Ritchie classic, but someone’s gotta try. The Snatch series has received a lot of flak from fans of the movie while Harry Potter fans have been bemoaning the fall of Rupert Grint. The trailer, at least, seems entertaining and the makers have tried to stay as close to the original as possible. Whether or not they retain Ritchie deprecating British humour and snarky shots remains to be seen. Also, there’s no way anyone from the cast can pull off Jason Statham and Brad Pitt’s roles perfectly, but hey, someone’s gotta try, eh?
The Handmaid’s Tale
Releasing: April 2017
Author Margaret Atwood would feel proud to know just how famous her dystopian novel of the same name has become. After the 1990 movie starring Faye Dunaway and Natasha Richardson, the Booker Prize finalist book returns to the small screen in 2017, to tell the story of the fictional Republic of Gilead where a woman’s freedom is taken away under a totalitarian dictatorship where 99 percent of the population is sterile. The Handmaid’s Tale has never gone out of print since it first released in 1985 and her book literally set off the dystopian story sub-genre in movies. We’re quite pumped to see what the series has to offer.
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