Posted by Alia Haddad on June 1, 2012 at 7:45 am
The new trend a-brewing in Hollywood are television shows turned highly anticipated movies. While we have yet to see any of the products of said trend, the Arrested Development movie will no doubt be a huge success, with shows like Party Down (here’s hoping!) and Entourage eager to follow in its footsteps.
In a world as crazy as ours, though, where just a soon as a series is canceled or goes off air, an online petition then gives it an option for big screen time, it only makes sense that the reverse can also be true, right? Right? Anyone?
Well, Lionsgate definitely seems to think so. As recently revealed by The Playlist, after buying Summit Entertainment (for a whole heap of money, I might add), Lionsgate is trying to capitalize on the movie catalog that also came with this purchase a catalog that includes franchisers Step Up, The Expendables, and Red. And while it seems obvious that Lionsgate would try and push further films in the series, it seemed much less likely that they would try and turn them into television shows.
But apparently, that’s what they’re aiming to do. No word on how certain it is if you’ll be tuning in weekly to see a whole lot of aging action stars try and save the world (side note: plot of the next big reality show?), but it certainly is an interesting strategy in terms of money-making. In terms of quality, these shows will more than likely be a bust–the television series of Clueless taught me that– but what about in terms of money?
My guess is that MTV or an MTV-esque channel could have a field day with a Step Up (to the television), but my hunch is that neither The Expendables nor Red would draw a huge audience without the star power the movies provided.
Either way, this is what Lionsgate is currently working on. Whether or not they will come to their quality-producing senses, only time will tell. Until then, we can all imagine what it would be like to watch Sylvester Stalone try and talk weekly.