With the big-screen adaptation of 'Miami Vice' --starring Colin Farrell as Sonny Crockett and Jamie Foxx as Ricardo Tubbs -- hitting theaters today, I've seen a ton of features about the Top TV-to-Movie Adaptations and such. But I don't like to live in the past talking about things that have already been done, so I thought I'd write about the five TV shows I'd love to see get the big-screen treatment. Of course, this is just one man's humble opinion, so feel free to post your own choices in the "Comments" section below.
1) '24': The wheels are already in motion on this one, with creator Joel Surnow hard at work penning a script to shoot after the 2007 season of '24' wraps. This show is so thrilling -- and its real-time ticking clock conceit works so well -- that it almost seems stupid to mess with that. But still, a movie would free things up a bit, allow Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) to get out of California and bring his unique brand of ass-kicking to other states and even other countries (there have to be at least 10 French dudes Jack wouldn't mind throwing a beatdown). Plus, while the real-time aspect of '24' is cool, it's really the characters and the writing that keep making the show better and better. If Surnow keeps that consistent in the movie, he could have a film franchise on his hands.
2) 'Lost': I think this series still has a few more seasons to go before it's ready for a movie, but a flick would be a pretty cool way to end things. I'm thinking along these lines: The TV show ends its run with the castaways unraveling the mystery of exactly where they are and what the place is, and then the movie deals with them trying to escape the island. It could involve flashbacks for each of the characters showcasing moments or talents that will be vital to getting them off their ocean-bound prison. That's just one thought -- haven't really worked the whole thing out yet.
3) 'Scrubs': With this show's uniquely zany, no-holds-barred brand of humor, the possibilities are limitless for a movie. Again, I wouldn't want to see it before the show is off the air, but a good plot might be that either Turk (Donald Faison) or J.D. (Zach Braff) is taking off to some farflung destination for a new job, and they have to deal with the imminent end of their codependent "man love" for one another. Plus, I'd just love to hear what The Todd would say in an R-rated environment.
4) 'Arrested Development': I want more of this show in ANY format. If they made an 'Arrested Development' Saturday morning cartoon, I'd even watch that. That said, the series went out on such a high note, at the peak of its shining glory, that maybe I should just be content to watch the DVDs over and over and over again.
5) 'Saved By the Bell': Imagine this: The entire cast -- Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Slater (Mario Lopez), Kelly (Tiffany Thiessen), Screech (Dustin Diamond), etc. -- reunites for 'Saved by the Bell: The PhD Years,' only rather than being broad and slapsticky like the show it's more of a dark comedy. I'm talking like Screech copes with the stress of school by becoming an abusive alcoholic, and it's up to his friends to intervene. It would be like on of those "very special episodes" with the moral at the end, except it would actually be wryly funny and even poignant along the way. If nothing else, I'm sure Dustin Diamond wouldn't mind the work. I mean, the guy is currently selling T-shirts to try to keep the bank from foreclosing on his house.
Tags: Miami Vice, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Summer Movies