“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is a classic example: not a good movie, but boy what a great TV show it turned out to be. The great thing about TV is that you can introduce a nifty idea and then keep developing it over time, instead of having to get in and get out.
Just looking back on last couple of years, I’d love to see a queer, adventurous filmmaker like Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, or hell even Ryan Murphy give “The Imitation Game” a less timid miniseries treatment. or maybe even a longer-running series version like Showtime is doing with “Masters of Sex.”
“August: Osage County” might work better as a “Six Feet Under”-style family drama on HBO.
I thought “Elysium” was god-awful, but it had a good enough premise and deep enough world-building that someone like Ronald D. Moore could make that an AMAZING series.
I refuse to watch the movie, but it’s clear that Half of a Yellow Sun got pretty mediocre/bad reviews. I can already tell the book doesn’t work as a movie. It should’ve been an Emmy bait miniseries.
Endless Love is another great book that needs to be turned into a faithful miniseries. Again, I haven’t watched the movie adaptions, but reading reviews/reading wikipedia synposis tells me I should stay away.
It’s fresh in my mind because I just saw it, but Ricki and the Flash could work (and we know Diablo Cody can create a great television series). I feel like there was plenty of backstory mentioned but not shown, while there remains plenty of story to tell post-movie. No one will ever touch it, though, because they’ll immediately be branded with enormous pressure and given a new name of “Not Meryl.”