In another article and list I mentioned my thoughts on Hollywood and their lack of original ideas lately. For some odd reason they think that it would be so much better to remake an old movie, or better yet make a film version of an old television show. Yes, in some rare cases it seemed to actually be a good idea, or at least the resulting film was good. In most cases, though, what happened was what you would think, a big-ol’ flop. Now that does not mean they always lost money on those films, they still raked it in a few, and sometimes the critics even said a few nice things, but most of us were not fooled. I have scoured the records, and the memory of my friends and myself, and put together a set of TV shows that Hollywood remade into movies, both GOOD and BAD, arraigned by type – to serve as a warning to the curious.
Action, Adventure, and Crime Shows This is the widest category with many types of shows included here. As you will see with sitcoms, bringing back shows from past decades seems to be the key here. What happens then is anyones guess.
21 Jump Street(2012) (1987)
Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson star as a pair of goof-up cops sent back to a local high school, undercover, to stop a synthetic drug ring, which is totally different than the original show’s plot which was cool for the 80’s.
Land of the Lost (2009) (1974)
Director: Brad Silberling
Will Ferrell is Dr. Rick Marshall, and on an expedition he is thrown into a space-time vortex with his assistant and a survivalist. Like the original, this world is full of dinosaurs. Unlike the show, the movie is terrible, the show was at least entertaining for its target audience.
Starsky & Hutch (2004) (1975)
Director: Todd Phillips
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the two detectives from the original show. In the show they were tough, real cops. The movie adds humor that shouldn’t be there, making them look like two fools instead of two, hard-nosed cops.