Veronica Mars made a major stir in the media yesterday when creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell teamed up to tell fans they could have the movie reunion they’ve been asking for if they could raise $2 million for the project using Kickstarter.
Less than 24 hours later, the money had been raised, and then some ― currently over $2.8 million has been pledged, and still 29 days on the clock.
Naturally, this opened up discussions about other beloved TV series that could go the same route, reuniting the original cast and creators to give fans closure on series that ended too soon ― or just give them a bigger, longer go-round with their favorite small-screen characters.
It got us thinking about a few of our own faves we wouldn’t mind seeing at a theater near us someday soon…
And while our nostalgia for certain shows is plenty high, it’s important to keep in mind that certain cherished shows were on the small screen for a reason. Sitcoms tend to not work when blown up to movie-sized proportions, so sorry, Friends and Seinfeld, but we don’t think you could benefit from a two-hour running time and some epic adventure.
There are a handful of titles we do think would translate just fine, though. And here they are…
1. The Comeback
The title is already perfect for a comeback in movie form. Lisa Kudrow starred as the obnoxious but painfully sympathetic TV has-been Valerie Cherish, desperate for a return to the spotlight at any cost (especially to her dignity). In 2005, this show lampooned reality television as well as the network sitcom world, providing the best satire of Hollywood ever. In a harsh depiction of life imitating art, HBO gave it only one season before a brutal cancellation… even though buzz continued to build around the show as audiences slowly got acquainted with Valerie. We’d love to see a movie where Valerie got a film role and suffered the same indignities she did on TV ― all captured by a reality TV crew, naturally. To paraphrase Valerie: “We do need to see that!”
2. Freaks & Geeks
Star power wouldn’t be a problem if this one-season wonder went to the movies. James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, Busy Phillips, Jason Segel, and more had before-they-were-famous moments on Judd Apatow’s critically adored, commercially ignored dramedy. It’d be pretty interesting to see how high school freaks and geeks adjust (or not) to adult life a decade or so down the road. Seth Rogen essentially keeps playing that character in everything he’s been in since, anyway…
Alias episodes were basically mini-movies anyway, and let’s face it ― most of Jennifer Garner’s film roles have been pretty lackluster compared to her iconic TV persona Sydney Bristow. She could probably benefit from the chance to don a bunch of ridiculous disguises and kick some ass again, and why not call in Ben Affleck to direct? (We hear J.J. Abrams is pretty busy with other projects these days.) Of course, we’d also need Bradley Cooper back as Will. (Wouldn't be bad about the return of Evil Francie, either.)
This short-lived Fox comedy never got its due. (And if you haven't seen it, find it! You'll thank us.) It was about a young woman working in a Niagra Falls gift shop who can communicate with inanimate animals (a wax lion, stuffed bear, etc). They sent her on cryptic missions to help people ― if that isn’t a great idea for a movie, we don’t know what is.
It’s not technically cancelled yet, but HBO’s stellar drama about a somewhat deranged whistlebower is on the chopping block thanks to low ratings (despite a huge amount of buzz over the last few weeks). If it doesn’t come back, movie please! We could see Laura Dern take on bigger and bigger corporate criminals ― or just bum around with her addict ex, Luke Wilson. Whatever works, as long as we get more of lead character Amy Jellicoe’s trademark mix of narcissism, self-delusion, and philanthropy.
Just because it’s still on TV doesn’t mean it can’t be a movie. (See the first X-Files film or The Simpsons Movie for proof.) All this Showtime drama’s political intrigue is just begging to be a movie, and since it’s been cleaning up at the Emmys, Golden Globes, and other awards, maybe Homeland could go for an Oscar! The Academy tends to like Middle East-set thrillers, after all… and since a movie version My So-Called Life probably wouldn’t work with Angela Chase in her thirties, this is as close to a neurotic Claire Danes TV character in theaters we’re going to get.
7. The Secret World Of Alex Mack
Okay, maybe not that many people are clamoring for a big-screen update of this Nickelodeon show, but why not? Alex Mack was a teen who accidentally obtained super powers from an evil chemical plant, and the series ended with a cliffhanger about whether she chose to be cured or not. The cinematic answer, of course, would be “not” ― and we could see Alex Mack as a modern-day mom who’s hiding the fact that she occasionally turns into a puddle of goo from her family.
8. Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is basically the smartest, tensest, most addictive show on TV now, and possibly ever. Its final season airs this summer, and we already know we’re going to go through serious withdrawal. Perhaps Bryan Cranston & co. can whip up another batch in time to stop us from getting the shakes? Please? Please please please? What do you mean, “have we ever looked into rehab”?
9. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Perhaps the mother of all shows the fan base is dying for a cinematic twist on, there have always been rumors of a Buffy movie someday ― with, of course, Sarah Michelle Gellar reprising her role as everyone’s favorite vampire slayer (sorry, Abraham Lincoln). The Buffy legend has continued in comic book form, but we want to pick up where the show left off ― with Buffy empowering girls all over the world with slayer strength. What happens next would have to come from the brilliant mind of Joss Whedon ― because while a large part of us knows the series ended just fine and is hesitant to see it tampered with, the thought of the Scooby Gang getting back together is just too tempting. There’s no doubt a Buffy movie could quadruple the funds Veronica Mars’ fan base was able to round up, and Joss has already proven his abilities to resurrect his TV series with the excellent Firefly movie Serenity. Even better: if this Buffy movie has the same budget as The Avengers. (It doesn't hurt to dream, right?)
Which show would you like to see made into a movie?
Any shows you hope they leave alone?