Arrested Development was a much loved Fox TV series that ran from 2003-2006 and told the story of the rather dysfunctional Bluth family.

Recently, new episodes were released on Netflix, the online streaming service, but not everyone was happy with the latest shows. Due to cast availability, the latest episodes focused on individual characters rather than the whole Bluth family, which many fans were critical of. The need to change the format because of the career demands of the show’s stars is what drove the show onto the internet, where a pay per view service was more likely to take risks.

However, show creator, Mitch Hurwitz, has said that the next step is to take Arrested Development to the big screen and that the current series was always made with the idea of a film in mid. Will fans be happy with this, assuming a film is even made? Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, here are some other much loved TV shows that migrated to the cinema with mixed results.

Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible is an American television series created by Bruce Geller that told the story of a group of top secret agents and their missions to save America. It was first shown in 1966 and ran until it was cancelled in 1973, but another two seasons were made in 1988-1990. The trademark of the show was one of the agents being given his mission on a recording that was set to self-destruct, signalling the start of the theme tune.

In 1996, Tom Cruise hit cinemas as Ethan Hunt in the first of a series of Mission: Impossible movies. There have been four films so far.

Although the films have been commercially successful, fans of the original series were angered by the fact that Jim Phelps, the leader of the team, was revealed as a traitor in the first film. Many of the actors from the television show were equally annoyed – Greg Morris, who’d played Barney Collier, walked out of the film in protest and Martin Landau, who played Rollin Hand, criticised the film for taking the psychological elements out of the series and turning the franchise into just another big action blockbuster. Peter Graves, the original Jim Phelps, refused to play the role because of this change to the character.
Despite the controversy, the films have been hugely successful and a fifth is now in the works.

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