Circuit Q&A – What’s Your Favorite Movie Based on a TV Show?


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Paramount has produced thirteen feature films based on the television show “Star Trek.” The latest reboot of the franchise launched on May 8, 2009, and in honor of the reboot’s tenth anniversary, we’re looking back at the best movies ever adapted from television.

Children’s Television

One popular area for big screen adaptations is in children’s movies. A devoted audience of kids can be automatic box office for companies like Disney and Nickelodeon. In 1998, the beloved Nickelodeon show, “Rugrats,” hit the big screen with “The Rugrats Movie.” The film made over $140M, becoming the first non-Disney animated movie to break the $100M mark.

Nickelodeon’s variety show, “All That,” was adapted into the feature film “Good Burger” in 1997, while “Avatar: The Last Airbender” made the leap to the big screen in 2010. “SpongeBob SquarePants” produced four feature-length films, two of which made it to theaters. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Doug” are just a few of the many other children’s properties that have gone from the small screen to the big screen.

60s-70s Television

Another major category in this sub-genre is based wholly on nostalgia. Studios seem partial to reviving properties after at least a couple of decades have passed, so the 60s and 70s have provided several sources. This includes “Get Smart,” “The Fugitive,” “The Brady Bunch,” “The Untouchables,” “Scooby-Doo” and “The Addams Family,” which is set to produce an animated reboot later this year.

Every now and then, one of these adaptations will go on to become significantly more successful than the source material. This is the case with the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. That show has become six movies (and counting) that have grossed more than $3.5B over 22 years.

The 1970s produced future film properties like “Starsky & Hutch,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Mod Squad.” And the 1970s are the decade most closely associated with “Star Trek” and the multiple generations of films it spawned.

Cult Followings

The last category is movies based on shows with a devoted following. An example of this is a short-lived property like “Serenity” from Joss Whedon. There, the movie can serve as closure for devoted fans who never saw the story unfold through its series format.

Other times, a single character or idea can generate a feature-length film. Some of the most famous examples of this come from the “Saturday Night Live” universe. Those include “Blues Brothers,” “Wayne’s World,” “A Night At the Roxbury” and many others. This also includes Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Da Ali G Show” and the three movies it spawned.

But “The Simpsons Movie” may be the best example of translating a devoted following into silver screen success. The legendary animated series, which is now in its 30th season, generated a big screen adaptation in 2007. That film grossed over $525M at the global box office, which showed there is a great deal of demand for certain properties to hit theaters.

Other notable examples include “21 Jump Street” and “Jackass: The Movie,” but we want to hear from you!

What is your favorite movie based on a television show? Let us know in the comments below!