Firefly: the Animated Series - Firefly is arguably the greatest form of cult classic awesomeness my Generation Y can boast. After one season the show was canceled by Fox but later wrapped up in a polarizing film, Serenity, that arguably is the best sci-fi film of the last 12 years previous to Abrams’ Star Trek. Now after seeing some cool art it is easy to imagine this space western as an animated series. How cool would it be to see Whedon’s universe expand on a cartoon canvas? How cool would it be to get Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion to voice Mal and Jayne? Hell even Alan Tudyk voicing Wash. A Firefly animated series is something I would love and many would want.
The Last Starfighter – How about rebooting this 80′s staple as a TV series? The idea could even be tied into previous film the way Tron Legacy tied into the original movie Tron. In this video game, technology driven generation it would be easy to recruit the next savior of the Star League and develop a space adventure series around this new hero.
Deus Ex – I have not seen a video game be developed into a TV series before and perhaps now might be the time. In a world where TV studios want character driven storylines there is a way you could do that with this concept. An action role-playing game developed by Ion Storm Inc. and published by Eidos Interactive, Deus Ex, is set in a dystopian world during the year 2052, the central plot follows rookie United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition agent JC Denton, as he sets out to combat terrorist forces, which have become increasingly prevalent in a world slipping ever further into chaos. As the plot unfolds, Denton becomes entangled in a deep and ancient conspiracy, encountering organizations such as Majestic 12, the Illuminati, and the Hong Kong Triads throughout his journey. I don’t know about you but all that sounds like a bad ass bunch of material to build a series around.
Top Cow’s Artifacts – Considering Witchblade is getting a possible TV development, this series could be better. Artifacts revolves around Thirteen Artifacts. Separately, they maintain the equilibrium and guide the fate of the universe. Together, they will end the universe. Our world is dying. But there are those who have grown impatient. Cults, governments and madmen all vie for control of a power they do not fully understand.
Cocoon - I just watched this the other day and forgot how good this movie truly is. In a time where a show like Lost made character driven drama wrapped within an island setting, supernatural motifs, religious overtones and flawed characters work; this series could be all that and more. Addressing the effect that extra terrestrials have on people, even rewriting out the elderly connection in the story to combine youth, expounding on the Alantis concept, adding in flashback narratives for character development, this is a show that would be really interesting to watch.
Enemy Mine - Arguably one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time this movie is ripe for a TV series. It could basically be Lost but set on a different planet and around enemies wrapped up in a war. How could this invite a lot of current political themes, racism concepts, different cultures all while making good episodic television in the vein of an AMC series or HBO/Showtime series.
Dark Star – John Carpenter rocks and this movie is one of his lesser known films. A black comedy this show could have hints of Firefly with other concepts used on BSG and even Stargate Universe. Set in the 22nd century, humankind has reached a point in its technological advancement to enable colonization of the far reaches of the universe. Armed with artificially intelligent “Thermostellar Triggering Devices”, the scout ship Dark Star and its crew have been in space alone for twenty years on a mission to destroy “unstable planets” which might threaten future colonization. The idea of having people on a ship together alone for 20 years and picking right up with that is very interesting to me and TV seems like the best medium to explore that in a whole new way.
Explorers- Joe Dante is one of my favorite filmmakers this movie unfortunately isn’t his best but the concept behind it is quite interesting. As a young twenty something there is still that fantasy that one day I will be wrapped up into some really awesome space adventure. This movie “explores” that in a fun way. Explorers has three young friends drawn into a space fantasy adventure. Ben Crandall (Ethan Hawke) is a young visionary who dreams of space travel while watching late-night monster movies, poring over comic books, and playing Galaga in the confines of his bedroom. One night he has a vivid dream of flying over a space-like circuit board and shares his visions with his best friend Wolfgang (River Phoenix), a young scientific genius who is able to translate his dreams into a complex computer program that actually works. With the help of their new friend Darren (Jason Presson), they create a homemade spacecraft and embark on a secret adventure to another galaxy where they find that things are not always as different as they seem. I don’t know how you tweek this for a better story but their are major hints of something cool for a TV series that is a good mix of fun, adventurer and drama. Super 8 proved you could do a feature film around kids so why not a TV series?
The Fifth Element - This movie has always screamed to me as a cool TV series idea. First off there is so much in the universe that Luc Besson created that needs to be explored a show would allow for that. The concept of a great evil, a human weapon you need to destroy it, all that stuff makes for fun compelling television.
Dr. Horrible - I have always wanted to see a show that humanizes a super-villain in darkly comedic way. Dr. Horrible seems to do that. I love the musical aspect but could live without it and just have a show about the super-villain himself.
Starship Troopers - A book franchise first and movie franchise second, this series has enough fans to make a TV series work immediately. The book series boasts a similar story to the film that starred Casper Van Dien, revolving around the narrative of a young soldier from the Philippines named Juan “Johnnie” Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit equipped with powered armor. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally toofficer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as “the Bugs”. Through Rico’s eyes, Heinlein examines moral and philosophical aspects of suffrage, civic virtue, the necessities of war and capital punishment, and the nature ofjuvenile delinquency all themes that exist today that are waiting for a show like this to comment on.
Soylent Green – one of my top 5 sci-fi films of all time this movie is another one that I could see existing as a TV series. A detective show about people in a dystopian future, the conspiracy that “Soylent Green is people” could be one of many different things to explore in a show version that comments on many of things we see in our society today. Things like overpopulation of some areas, a gap between the rich and poor, a broken economy, global warming, etc.
Other Shows Potential Shows?
- Blade Runner
- The Abyss
- Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
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