With The Expendables 2 hitting theaters this summer, a fourth installment of Step Up arriving in July and a sequel to Red in development, Lionsgate is pretty well set for film franchises. But now it sounds like the studio might be looking to bring those properties to the small screen as well. Deadline has word from a meeting that CEO Jon Feltheimer had with Wall Street analyst this morning where he explicitly mentioned turning RED and Step Up into TV series, properties that come from the studio’s recent merger with Summit Entertainment. And while it wasn’t mentioned at this specific meeting, apparently The Expendables is also part of this endeavor to bring the films’ brand to TV. More after the jump.
The Step Up series is something I could care less about since it will probably just be a dance-centric version of Glee, and may even incorporate musical elements as well. However, with Red and The Expendables, it’s easy to see how those could be adapted for television. The problem is that some of the appeal of each of those film franchises comes from the star power in each of them. It’s a guarantee that the stars (except for maybe some of the less popular members of The Expendables) wouldn’t venture to TV for these series, so the success of them would mostly lie on the new cast members. But either way, each franchise lends itself to serial storytelling with new missions each episode and likely an overarching story to keep audiences addicted. It’s early in development right now though, so stay tuned for updates.