While television’s original programming may arguably the best it’s ever been, the small screen is rapidly attracting re-imaginings of some big screen properties. Production has already started on Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn series, which is only the tip of the iceberg for Movie-to-TV adaptations. Plans are in the works to bring such properties as Sin City, Stephen King’s The Mist, and a series based on the 2010 film The Wolfman to the small screen. As money gets tighter, budgets get smaller and in-home viewing becomes the preferred manner of entertainment consumption, television is poised to welcome its big screen brethren with open arms. Hit the jump for more.
The latest news from the arm of the entertainment world concerned with movie properties making the jump to television comes courtesy of Deadline, who reports that The Wolfman series is in the works for NBC. Although NBC’s supernatural pairing of Grimm and Dracula currently occupy the Friday night slot, the network is developing The Wolfman series in the same vein. From Dracula executive producer/head writer Daniel Knauf, The Wolfman “is described as a supernatural thriller that explores what it means to be a man and to be human. It centers on Lawrence Talbot, who is afflicted by an ancient curse and jacks into the powerful, primordial soul of the alpha-predator.”
While NBC is converting its movie properties to television series, a surprise contender is aiming to do the same: The Weinstein Company. As the NY Times reports, the Weinsteins are keen on bulking up their presence in the television world. In the pipeline are half-a-dozen new scripted series along with an increased presence in their unscripted reality TV programming. Among the adapted series plans are “a proposed 10-part series with Frank Darabont, based on Dimension’s film version of Stephen King’s The Mist” … and an MTV pilot based on the Scream films, plus a Sin City series from Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez that will ideally follow the August 2014 release of the directors’ Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
The Weinsteins have more TV planned than mere movie property re-imaginings, however, with scripted series based on the Ten Commandments, an ancient Egypt-set detective series titled Book of the Dead, the martial arts-packed adventure series Marco Polo, and 14-episode retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, among others.