Recently I watched the pilot of the TV version of Get Shorty. Yes, there’s a TV show based on Get Shorty. It aired originally on Epix, which may be why you missed it. It stars Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano. The pilot was fine, but I don’t know if I’ll watch another episode. It’s too different from the movie, and in ways I don’t think are terribly good. However, it did get me thinking about a question: What movie do you want to see turned into a television show?
The first few I thought of were all of the mystery or detective variety, because those turn into a TV show so easily. Take, for example, Knives Out. You turn it into a show where Benoit Blanc is solving a case every week, or a case every season. The same goes for Zero Effect, an underrated gem of a movie starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller. I believe they actually tried to turn it into a show, but it didn’t work. That being said, I didn’t want to just go with a detective movie and let that be that. It’s too easy.
I also didn’t want to go with a show that I didn’t think could last more than a season. Like, you could make a Michael Clayton TV show, but I feel like that’s a season of story. Maybe Michael Clayton does the same thing for different people or companies or whatever, but I don’t think that works.
In the end, I thought of a couple of Wes Anderson movies that I think would make cool TV shows. You could easily do a show based on The Royal Tenenbaums. You could do stories about the family from before the events of the movie, do the events of the movie as a TV show, and then you could do stories after the movie, even though that would mean losing Royal Tenebaum from the cast. Still, I think that would actually be quite interesting. Then, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou seems pretty perfect. That could be a weekly adventure show, or do season-long journeys as well.
There you have it. If I was going to turn a movie into a TV show, I would go with a Wes Anderson effort. How about you?