On the heels of the news that Martin Scorsese is in talks to turn his 2002 smash hit Gangs of New York into a T.V. Series., sparks flew in the Blockbuster offices as discussion heated up on other movies that would make great T.V. Here’s a few of our choices:
There was a time when Vietnam-era TV shows were all the rage… the 1980s. But the war kind of fell out of vogue in the ’90s as terrorism became more prevalent in Western media. It’s been long enough now for Vietnam to land in “vintage” status, and the characters in FMJ were painted with tight, detailed strokes. Joker’s continued search for reason and truth in the Mekong Delta is worth a deeper look.
Considering the popularity of the period HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, it’s evident T.V. audiences are thirsty for more prohibition-era moonshine. The levity and wit the pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford brought to this cons-and-capers jaunt provide a buoyant counter balance to the heavy themes and bloody body count of Boardwalk Empire.
Speaking of crime drama, remember this one? The scene in the diner between Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino? One of the most blood-pressure-cooking gunfights ever filmed? The team DeNiro put together was efficient, ruthless and smart, and their picture-perfect planning made for some riveting arcs. Stretch this out into the criminal perspective with a gritty Southland feel, and you’ve got an Emmy juggernaut.
It’s been a while since a good Western got its legs under it on the small screen, and Rooster Cogburn’s salty character is a perfect pitchman for this one. Both John Wayne and Jeff Bridges’ takes were magnificent, and that’s largely due to the fact that there were some meaty depths to plumb in Cogburn’s back story. He’s the kind of chaotic lawful protagonist contemporary audiences can root for; under all his dusty grime beats a moral compass with a strong true north.
That the Sarah Connor Chronicles didn’t make it longer was a travesty. It was a great cast and sharp writing that captured the in-between years before John Connor became the only hope for the future, but that doesn’t mean we should just abandon the concept. Instead, this time focus on the moments after D-Day, and Connor’s rise through the ranks of the resistance. It’s got all the post-apocalyptic overtones we’ve come to salivate over, thanks to America’s current zombie fixation. Except, instead of zombies, it’s robots.