9 Recent Films That Would Make Amazing TV Series

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9 Recent Films That Would Make Amazing TV Series

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | January 8, 2014 | Comments ()


FX has released the first two images from their upcoming series Fargo “loosely” based on the 1996 film of the same name. We here at Pajiba and all of you out there in internetland were long ago burned out on remakes, reboots and spin-offs and would much rather encourage films and TV series that were based on original ideas and properties, we can’t deny the allure of this 10-episode series. It’s an all new crime story but Martin Freeman’s character is obviously based on William H. Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard and Allison Tolman’s Deputy Molly Solverson’s is based on the role that won Frances McDormand the Oscar. Here are both Freeman and Tolman in their finest Minnesotan regalia.


Anyone else just a wee bit worried about Martin Freeman’s American accent? Just me? Okay. Regardless, it made me wonder what other films we might see on TV 15 years or more down the pike. Or maybe even sooner? Roll your eyes and bring up the extremely rocky Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. if you like, but there’s always Friday Night Lights, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and (shut your mouth) Shaft to consider.

The Lincoln Lawyer — FX
Where it on CBS, this plot, based on a Michael Connelly novel of the same name, could make for the world’s most boring and irritating high-concept procedural. But on FX? Whooooooo, brother. There are five novels featuring McConaughey’s character DA Mickey Haller, I don’t see why we can’t spin at least five seasons out of that. Move over, Raylan.

Hanna — BBC America
I suppose the more natural fit for Hanna would be SyFy, but after seeing the way they’ve handled everything post Battlestar Galactica, I don’t have a ton of confidence. I’d much rather see this pint-sized killing machine go through growing pains and puberty as a companion piece to the amazing Orphan Black.

The Heat — FOX
FOX is already home to one great cop comedy in Brooklyn Nine-Nine but I wouldn’t be at all disappointed to see a similar show with two ladies holding down the lead roles. No offense meant to Andre Braugher. Some offense meant to Andy Samberg.

About Time — NBC
Think of the sappy sentimentality of early Parenthood with an added touch of whimsical time travel. What? That doesn’t suit you? We’ll then I’ll kindly ask you to get the hell away from my magical cupboard.

Magic Mike — HBO
Bear with me, it’s not all about the wangs. Think of it, an HBO series the reveals the nitty gritty and seamy underbelly of the world of male stripping. Oh and also? Wangs. Yeah I lied. It’s about the wangs.
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We’re The Millers — ABC
ABC is already doing a bang up job in the family comedy department (The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, The Middle, Suburgatory, Anything That’s Not Modern Family) and I think this would actually make a much better sitcom than it did a film. The added edge would be welcome.

Chronicle — FX
This could be everything Heroes wanted to be if it kept the story smaller and more focused on the kids and the way their powers hinder or help their every day life. Abrams went to big with Heroes and the whole show shuddered and collapsed under the weight of the mythology. Keep it simple, keep it human and you’ll have a far more fascinating story.

Haywire —AMC
When’s the last time you saw a woman choke someone to death with her thighs? It’s been way too long, no? Why AMC? Oh I dunno, it can’t be worse than Low Winter Sun.

Short Term 12 — Sundance
The Sundance Channel came out of nowhere this year to absolutely kill it in the must-watch drama department. Between Rectify, Top Of The Lake and The Returned they have an absolutely sterling track record. When we talk about Short Term 12, the site’s favorite film of 2013, we often focus on Brie Larson. But this is, in effect, an ensemble piece that features STUNNING performances from the kids in this group home. It would make for endlessly fascinating television.
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  • Patrick Beauchamp

    They're turning Michael Connelly's Bosch novels into a tv show(well, at least a pilot for now) for Amazon with Titus Welliver as Bosch. Really excited about that!

  • Ben

    If they kept Mike Landis on chronicles, it would go just as big if not bigger then heroes did if he got to keep his original vision for the series (Which sounded FUCKING AMAZING by the way)

  • e jerry powell

    Re: Magic Mike
    ...but Showtime already has a show called "Gigolos"...

  • Fistacuffs

    Ummm. Abrams had nothing to do with Heroes.

  • flavia_deluce

    You know who does an amazing American accent? Josh Bowman (Daniel Grayson) on Revenge. Usually I can tell, and I was SHOCKED to find out he's British.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I really, really want that to be Martin Short facing Martin Freeman in the Fargo picture.

  • Repo

    Dustin's cathartic experience aside, I scoff at the idea of About Time. That plot hole filled mess couldn't carry the runtime of it's own film, it would IMPLODE upon the weight of a series. That faux pas aside, great list!

  • Andrew J

    Also a short term 12 show would save Kaitlyn Dever from being on the terrible last man standing... Or at least give her time to make more justified

  • JoannaRobinson


  • John W

    I think we already had a close approximation of Haywire with Nikita.

    How about V/H/S or ABCs of Death - A weekly horror anthology.

    Mission Impossible. Have a revolving cast of super spies and mercenaries. You could go crazy with casting.

    Amazing Spider-Man, Superman or Batman - Instead of trying to squeeze as many characters into a 2 plus hour movie and trying to create a plot that works one time, how about a recurring show with some room to breathe ala Arrow. Think of a season where Spider-Man encounters every member of the Sinister Six and the season finale would be an all out battle royal.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    You know Mission Impossible *started* as a tv show, right?

    I feel like Leverage - though not exactly the same - filled in the Mission Impossiblesque niche for me.

  • John W

    Yes I know It was one of my favorite shows.

    After 24 and Alias came out and the success of the Cruise movies I thought for sure someone was going to resurrect the show. Especially after the reboot of BSG.

    I've never seen Leverage, I'll have to watch it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Leverage was a knock off of the British series Hustle, which is excellent. Though both are about con artists, there's still the "team pulling off a caper" aspect.

  • Ben

    Apart from the 'it's about conmen' thing, Leverage and Hustle were really different shows. Knock off is a bit harsh.

  • John W

    Is that on USA?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think Leverage is in reruns on TBS? Apparently the show ended last year, boo.

    Hustle I only ever watched on Netflix.

  • John W


  • Dare I say, World War Z?

    Break out each story from the book as their own episode(s). Hmmmmm...

    [ ducks out the back door ]

  • Guest

    Only if I can add Robopocalypse (which yes hasn't been turned into a movie yet but has been long rumoured).

  • Guest

    10.Star Trek - Fox.

    *Also Scott Pilgrim - Animated Series. Cartoon Network / Adult Swim.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    The answer to that Haywire question is Goldeneye.

  • Anna von Beav

    I would absolutely watch a series of Magic Mike.

    Provided it was all about the wangs.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    HBO already has a new wang-focused series coming up. (no pun intended. at first.)

  • dizzylucy

    I'd watch a lot of these. But I'm still trying to get over the fact that Joanna said "Move over Raylan."

  • BWeaves

    I'm still amazed at how many TV shows improved on the movie they were based on:

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    Friday Night Lights
    In The Heat of the Night
    The Odd Couple
    The Courtship of Eddie's Father

  • Mrs. Julien

    "You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can't stand little notes on my pillow. "We're all out of cornflakes. F.U." Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!"

    I'd say the TV show matched the awesomeness of the Odd Couple movie and play.

  • BWeaves

    I love the end of the British House of Cards mini series. The newspaper announces "FU WINS!" Francis Urquhart.

  • Stu Rat

    Got a letter from my doctor once summarizing appointment, labs and treatment. It ended with F.U. Then her signature. I was a bit "Seriously!"

    Means "Follow Up". Or so she says.

  • emmalita

    Pacific Rim would be an awesome series if done right.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Resisting off colour joke.

  • emmalita

    Don't resist. It's bad for your health.

  • Mrs. Julien

    No, I choose to refrain.

  • BWeaves

    I'm not worried about Martin Freeman's American accent. A lot of Brits can do a good American accent. Me, for instance. How many people didn't know Hugh Laurie was British because they'd only seen him on House?

    Then again, I'll believe it when I hear it.

  • Guest

    I also worry about Freeman's ability do a convincing Midwest accent.

    *Laurie was easy because Black Adder. Damian Lewis on the other hand, I had no idea was a Brit (seeing him first as Dick Winters in Band of Brothers then as Charlie Crews in Life) and was shocked the first time I saw an interview with from the UK.

  • A lot of Brits end up sounding too twangy when they try to do an American accent. Midwest does make me a little worried.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Exactly right. Like Andrew Lincoln on The Walking Dead.

  • BWeaves

    See, I saw Laurie first in Jeeves and Wooster, and Lewis in The Forsyte Saga, so hearing they with a good American accent was just as shocking.

    A lot will depend on how good a voice coach they have. Also, it helps if they live in the USA while filming. They'll pick up the accent by ear from the locals if they're filming on location.

  • Ggorgo

    I immediately thought this when i saw "Prisoners", it'd make a fantastic tv show with a season long mystery story to be solved.

  • Cvamped

    Uh. Just a correction, Heroes was not a J.J. Abrams thing - it was the brainchild of Tim Kring.

  • ibkyjo

    Thank you

  • zeke_the_pig

    If they roped in Gina 'be still my beating heart - oh, you are? you're in a chokehold?' Carano; and if it maintained that clean, sterile Soderbergh look, I would watch the absolute shit out of a Haywire TV series.

    I disagree on Hanna though - I thought that was a great little self-contained curiosity (with Ronan absolutely mesmerising in the role), but I'd be loath to see it dragged out and tanned like leather on the unforgiving rocks of season-long plot arcs.

  • Guest

    +1 on Hanna, I see nothing but a teen angst heavy show and nothing like the fairy tale film.

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