8 movies that became TV shows

2017-03-09 07:00

Cape Town – We all love a good movie especially if it has great characters and a good plot and sometimes the stories get to live on. 

Many a movie has been adapted into a television series, some have been hits and other misses.

Here are 8 blockbusters that were made into TV shows:

1. Training Day

The Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke hit needs no introduction. 

The series takes place 15 years after the events of the movie. 

It centres on a young, idealistic police officer Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) as he goes undercover in the elite Special Investigations Section of the Los Angeles Police Department to spy on morally ambiguous Detective Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton).

According to Deadline with the untimely death of Paxton it will unlikely be renewed. 

Watch the trailer here:

2. Taken

This one might come as a surprise, yes, there is a television series of the Liam Neeson comeback franchise. 

The show is billed as a modern day origin story behind the Taken trilogy.

Clive Standen stars as a younger version of Bryan Mills, the character played by Neeson. 

The story centres on Mills, a former green beret who has to overcome personal tragedy to get revenge while starting his career as a special intelligence operative.

Watch the trailer here:

3. Lethal Weapon

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover will probably go down as one of the most popular detective duos ever.

The series stars Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford.

A slightly unhinged cop is partnered with a veteran detective trying to maintain a low stress level in his life.

The series has been renewed for a second season.

Watch the trailer here:

4. Fargo

The television show based on the Oscar winning Coen brothers dark comedy crime thriller is probably one of the most successful film to TV adaptations.

The anthology series is now in its third season and has had A-lister leads including Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks. 

Ewan McGregor will play dual roles in the season 3.

Watch the trailer here:

5. Minority Report

The series is based on the 2002 science fiction film starring Tom Cruise.

This goes down as one of those film to TV adaptation fails.

During the first season it was cut from 13 to 10 episodes and thereafter cancelled. 

It starred Meagan Good and Stark Sands.

Watch the trailer here:

6. Transporter

The role of special skills driver Frank Martin made Jason Statham a household name. 

English-language French-Canadian action television series starring Chris Vance follows the events and concept of the film trilogy.

The series was cancelled after two seasons. 

Watch the trailer here:

7. The Exorcist

The 1973 horror has been voted the scariest film ever

The Fox TV series is a sequel to the film and stars Geena Davis, Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera.

The story centres on two priests trying to cure a family from demonic possession. 

Watch the trailer here:

8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Before Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Teen Wolf there was Buffy.

While the 1992 film achieved moderate success at the box office the TV series is critically acclaimed. 

The series ran for seven seasons and even spawned a spin off show, Angel

Watch the trailer here:

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