Some rather big previews dropped online today when I was busy handling real life. I was surprised they had these ready to go, as I’d lost track of where the productions were after the stories of them being announced last year.
TV series based off of movies is a hit or miss proposition. Ash Vs. Evil Dead turned out to be a lot of fun! The Coen’s Fargo found new life as a sort of anthology series. Who would have thought M.A.S.H. would have went on for as many seasons as it did? Alien Nation was a pretty good series and in some ways was better than the movie itself. It ran in the early 90’s but did not make it to 5 seasons unfortunately.
There have been so many recently, Hannibal to Dusk Til Dawn and countless others. Some hit it big and others limped into oblivion after a season or two at best.
Entertainment Weekly reported on many new Fall TV shows coming from FOX next season. The most interesting thing for me in that list was the big 3 remakes based off really well known and loved movies from the 70’s and 80’s.
Among them are an action classic, a horror classic and a cult/midnight movie classic. I had heard all of these were coming and we even reported on one or two of them a while back but this is the first look at what is coming.
After having a look at the three previews I think I like the Rocky Horror Picture Show more than I expected. They released a pic last week of Laverne Cox in the lead iconic role of Dr. Frankenfurter and I was not really sure what to think. I like the idea of casting a trans-gendered actress in the role but how will it play out?
Now with the quick trailer below I have to say it looks like it could be a lot of fun. I was never the biggest RHPS fan and I came to that party quite late but I have enjoyed the film and have seen a couple of stage versions that I liked quite a bit. This one is hitting some of the right notes already and the cast looks good in the roles.
I realized watching the trailer that this is like those other stage versions. Those versions all took a cue from the movie but ultimately made their own versions as independent as possible from that. To compare it to the original film is just a mistake because that movie is so iconic and legendary it will always be there looming over every other incarnation of the show. But I think there is room for new interpretations and what was once such an edgy piece of pop culture is now consumed largely into the mainstream. I can not say for sure how far this one will go with the sexual elements on regular TV, but honestly they shouldn’t have too much trouble handling it if they really want to go for it. When you think about it by today’s standards the original film is almost quaint in it’s depiction of the sex in the film. It was never even soft core levels of (s)exploitation. It was always more about the music, tone and energy. If Fox does it right this new one could seduce a new generation of fans.
In a brand-new reimagining of the cult-classic midnight movie 40 years in the making, sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice) and Brad (Ryan McCartan) stumble upon flirtatious mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Laverne Cox) bizarre abode during his annual Transylvanian science convention. The two-hour event also features Emmy Award nominee Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter.
The Exorcist looks interesting as they are staying away from what seems like a straight remake and delving into other possession lore. Honestly though, you can’t get better than the original film, so why do that again?
It’s good they stay away from all of that and try to branch out as much as you can with the material. I do not know too much about the plot other than the EW write up but I think they have a decent start and maybe they can transform this into a new interesting series the way they took Norman Bates in the Bates Motel. They will probably do a bit of world building and making the exorcists the main character as we see them battle demons from all over. At least that’s what I want to see!
A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book,The Exorcist is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil. Jeremy Slater will write and executive-produce with James Robinson, Rolin Jones, David Robinson, Barbara Wall, and Rupert Wyatt. Geena Davis, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and Alan Ruck will star.
(Fridays at 9 p.m. ET)
The Lethal Weapon remake…
This one is the hardest for me to accept. Even more so than the Exorcist, which I love dearly. I am a HUGE fan of the Lethal Weapon series but it is really hard for me to see these two take over for Mel and Danny. I don’t know much about the actor playing Riggs and this has not sold me on it yet. They seem to be playing up the sadness in Riggs’ life and already showing the death of his wife, which drives him to his suicidal nature as a cop. This plot point was also exploited in Lethal Weapon 2, where the villains in that film took responsibility for that death. I imagine they will deal with all this for sure over the course of a series.
There is plenty of room to explore the humor with Wayans taking over as Murtaugh, the cop who is ‘too old for this shit’. It looks like all the basic elements of the family story are in place. I just can not tell how this will go over just yet. I suppose I will be tuning in to see, I really hope they make it their own and do something interesting with the material.
All of these TV remakes, they have HUGE shoes to fill! Good luck FOX!
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr.), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Matt Miller will write and executive-produce with Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, and McG. Keesha Sharp, Jordana Brewster, and Kevin Rahm will also star.
(Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET)