10 Movies turned into Tv Series

From Harry Potter to James Bond (through Twilight, It and A Monster Call); from Game of Thrones to Handmaid's Tale and the Vampire Diaries, it's no news that we have been surrounded from movies and TV series...
What's pretty new, but it's already become popular, is to transfom the tv series in a movie...or viceversa.
From Limitless to Letal Weapon, here a list of the movies turned tv series!

1. Letal Weapon 
THE MOVIE series is made of 4 films, from 1987 to 1998, and the protagonists were portrayed by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Being these cop movies, a mix of comedy and action sequences, they were perfect material for a Tv show and so...
THE 2016 TV SERIES sees Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford for the roles of the two cops. It appears they did a good job, because the series has already been renewed for a second season.

2. Fargo
THE 1996 MOVIE was directed by the Coen Brothers and, beside being a cult movie, it won the Prix de la mise en scène (Best Direction) at the Cannes Film Festival and two Academy Awards (Best Writing Original Screenplay and Best Actress In A Leading Role). The cast itself should win an award: Frances McDormand, William H. MacySteve Buscemi and Peter Stormare.
THE TV SERIES tells a different story for each season, with a different cast every time (like in AHS). It has been very well received both by critics and audience and won at the 2014 and 2016 Emmy Awards and Golden Globes.

3. Rush Hour
THE 1998 MOVIE with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker had 2 sequels (2001 and 2007). A few weeks ago Jackie Chan revealed the project for a 4th movie has started and that the shooting will start probably in 2018, as soon as Chris Tucker will agree to get back to play Detective James Carter.
THE TV SERIES with Jon Foo and Justin Hires (who's also in the MacGyver reboot), wasn't lucky as the movies and has been cancelled after the first season.

4. 10 things I hate about you 
"Hello, Katarina. Make anyone cry today?"
"Sadly, no. But it's only 4:30."
THE MOVIE beside being my "go-to movie" when I want some 90's revival, this 1999 comedy's cast is full of promises: Julia Style, comedy queen in the 90ies, she worked in TV series like Dexter and Riviera. The male cast was composed by Heath Ledger, who won as Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight (posthumously) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, famous for combining indie movies like "500 days of Summer" and blockbusters like "Inception".
THE TV SERIES, however, wasn’t the hoped success and was not renewed after its first season.

5. Minority Report 
THE MOVIE was one of the first I've ever seen with Tom Cruise, I did't love it nor hate it, but worldwide it received positive critics and was also nominated for many awards, including the Academy (in the technical categories).
THE TV SERIES reception, on the other hand, was very poor and the show has been cancelled after one season.

6. The Punisher

THE MOVIE focuses on Frank Castle/The Punisher and is based on a comic book character, created by writer Gerry Conway, artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru. There have been three big screen adaptations.
THE TV SERIES: the first season of the show will air on November, 17th thanks to Netfix.

7. Limitless
THE 2011 MOVIE was abot Edward Morra (Bradley Cooper), a drug addict/writer wannabe: he became that (and so much more) after taking NZT-48, a drug that higly amplifies the brain functions. 
THE TV SERIES was based on the same concept, but the protagonist's name is Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who goes from shirker to music genius after taking NZT. That sudden change led FBI first to investigate on him and after to hire him as "special consultant". The series was funny to me, but wasn't renewed for a second season.

8. Beowulf
THE 2007 MOVIE was based on the cominc book written and drawn by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. What's interesting about it is that it was shot with the motion capture technique (like The Polar Express) and a videogame has been released in 2008 based on the movie's plot.
THE 2016 TV SERIES was a British production, but due to the poor share and mixed feelings reviews, it has been cancelled after the first season.

9. Lemony Snicket's: A series of Unfortunate Events
THE 2004 MOVIE with Jim Carrey playing Count Olaf has been nominated for tons of technical categories at various events, like  Critics' Choice Movie Award and  International Film Music Critics Award. It won the Academy Awards for Makeup.
THE 2017 TV SERIES, produced by Netflix, sees Neil Patrick Harris as in the role of the Count and the first season gathered a good audience and critics were positive. It has been already confirmed for a second and third season.
10. Cobra Kai 
THE 1984 MOVIE quickly became a cult, with some of its quotes mentioned nowadays as well...Even if you never saw it, you'll know the "Wax on, wax off" mantra. After the first one, there have been 3 more, the 4th with a new protagonist (Hilary Swank, in the role of bullied young girl Julie Pierce). The latest movie of the series is actually more a reboot, with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan and it's set in China, not in America.
THE TV SERIES first airing is scheduled for August 2018 and will start off from the first movie, 30 years later. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is a success business owner, while his longtime enemy Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) tries to re open the unfamous karate dojo Cobra Kai...


Stay tuned, because in the next weeks you'll see the other way around: can you guess how many Tv Series have been adapted for the big screen?

UPDATE - Rumor has it that another comedy from the 90's is about to become a TV series...I'm talking about Four Weddings and a Funeral!

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