Counting the original trilogy from the 1990s, we’re now up to the fifth live-action ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movie. A fifth ‘Transformers’ entry is also currently in production. Clearly, any kids’ TV property from the past is fair game to become a summer blockbuster these days. Which favorite show from your youth do you suggest should be next?
Most of my childhood favorites have already been remade, or have movie and TV revivals in the works even as I type this. Case in point: I used to love ‘MacGyver’. That show is coming back very soon (and judging from the previews, it’s going to be terrible). That got me thinking, what if they made a ‘MacGyver’-like action show, only with an older gentleman as the crime-fighting lead? That led me to this great idea:
Instead of an educational kids’ show about science and technology, let’s revive ‘Mister Wizard’s World‘ as an action-adventure film starring J.K. Simmons. He doesn’t believe in guns. He hates violence. He’s clever. He’s funny. He basically MacGyver, but he’s old. I’m telling you, this idea is a winner.
As much as something like ‘M.A.S.K.’ or ‘SilverHawks’ might seem like an automatic pick for the next kids’ show to become a big screen blockbuster, I would be much more interested in seeing something like ‘C.O.P.S.‘ or ‘The Pirates of Dark Water‘. To me, ‘C.O.P.S.’ is almost like a blank canvas and could be made into a future-cop film to great effect. For ‘The Pirates of Dark Water’, the fictional world was pretty fun, and it could use the kick start of a big movie to be brought back to life.
It’s been done before, but someone really needs to take another run at ‘Land of the Lost. Because he was a huge fan and because he was one of the most popular comedians at the box office, Universal made the huge mistake of letting Will Ferrell make a spoof of the series rather than a serious movie. The results were disastrous. The movie cost $100 million and bombed at the box office.
How would a movie that was more loyal to the source material fare? It’s still a gamble, but I think quite well. A well-written ‘Land of the Lost’ movie – especially one that focused on The Lost City and the Sleestak, which were treated as just another joke in the 2009 feature – could be quite entertaining.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
Anyone who knows me is probably expecting me to chant ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’!, but I’m going in a completely different direction here. Month after month, I’ve been painstakingly charting advancements made in digital modeling and rendering techniques. I believe technology has finally caught up with my long-held dream to see a kid’s hands turn into tires and his smile transform into a Trans-Am grill. That’s right, the time has come for ‘Turbo Teen‘!
Brian dismissed the idea above, but a ‘M.A.S.K.‘ movie seems inevitable to me. The concept, in which a team of heroes drive ordinary-looking cars and trucks that transform into battle-ready combat vehicles, is an easily exploitable knockoff of ‘Transformers’ that should be no problem to realize with modern visual effects.
In fact, look at that, I’m too late. Hasbro’s already on top of it. I told you it was inevitable.
Failing that, I’d like to dredge up a forgotten cartoon series from the ’80s. In ‘Bionic Six‘, a government agent, his wife, and their entire multi-cultural rainbow collection of adopted kids become the test subjects for ‘Six Million Dollar Man’-style cybernetic enhancements after their plane crashes during a ski vacation. Each member of the family gets a specific bionic super power befitting their personalities and stereotypes. (The Asian kid can do super-karate! The athletic whitebread kid can swing steel beams and telephone poles like baseball bats!) Although the team’s brightly-colored spandex costumes were goofy as hell, dress them up in black leather and just imagine what Michael Bay will do with this!
If you were a studio executive, what kids’ TV show would you give the greenlight to adapt into a movie?