TV Classics We'd Like To See On the Silver Screen
January 17th, 2008 1:37pm EST
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"Eerie, Indiana" (1991-1992)
This creative series was a bizarre experience that appealed to kids and adults alike. Marshall Teller (Omri Katz) moves with his family from a relatively normal town in New Jersey to Eerie and quickly discovers that the strange and occult are daily occurrences in his new home. A mother prevents her children from aging by sealing the whole family in giant "Foreverware" (think Tupperware) containers every night. A heart transplant transfers the mind. Elvis lives down the street. You get the idea.
In keeping faithful to the established tone of the series, the film adaptation needs to be something that would be appropriate for pre-teens yet inventive enough to be an engaging experience for adults. As the "Harry Potter" franchise has proven, that is a feat that can be accomplished (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars). The film should focus on a new generation of Eerie youths - surely Marshall and his friends weren't the only kids who ever felt the need to investigate the strange phenomena around them. With only one season being produced, there are plenty of stories about this aptly named town left to be told. It's about time that a few of them are.
"Airwolf" was the story of Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent), a recluse who lived in the mountains. He came into the possession of a top secret stealth helicopter and instead of passing it over to a questionable government agency, he kept it safely hidden away for his own use. He then entered a world of espionage and betrayal as he began to take on missions for that very same agency.
The series had an excellent cast of characters and engrossing, arc-based storylines (at least before CBS destroyed it). A reboot of the premise seems in order for this film. All of the original characters should remain the same, portrayed by new actors of course (don't think Ernest Borgnine is up to reprising his supporting role). Obviously, the political climate has changed a great deal in 20 years, as have the enemies and allies of the United States. The villains in the film will have to be updated to suit the modern era. Just like in "Rambo." Don't know why I made that allusion - just felt the need to drop "Rambo" somewhere in here. That Sly Stallone is quite a guy.
If the reasons listed above aren't enough to convince you that "Airwolf" deserves to become a feature film, then consider this: the main character's name is Stringfellow Hawke. That is arguably the greatest protagonist name of all-time and alone should be enough to green light the project.
"Land of the Giants" (1968-1970)
This late 60s sci-fi series from Irwin Allen was not as successful as Allen's "Lost in Space," yet is much worthier of a feature film. It followed a group of humans in the near future (now distant past) who went off course while taking an orbital shuttle through space. They ended up landing on a strange planet that had a similar culture and technology to that of earth, except on a much larger scale (literally).
The series was memorable not only for the sci-fi elements, but also for the social issues that were regularly broached in sometimes subtle (and often blatant) ways. Stories involved fun topics like totalitarianism and the persecution of minorities. If ever there was a series destined to become a feature film with a larger budget and better effects, this is the one.
And the Rest:
"Sliders" (1995-2000) - The film adaptation should focus on the early, "alternate reality" episodes. The ones before Fox "Fox-ized" the show. Oh, and John Rhys-Davies needs to be back for the film. Everyone else is replaceable, but not the man who once played King Richard I, Macro, Gimli and of course Professor Arturo. Yes, John Rhys-Davies is essential.
"Dark Angel" (2000-2002) - It was an excellent series that never received a proper (or any) conclusion. Maybe now that James Cameron has decided to work again he could provide one. It would also serve to hand Jessica Alba a worthwhile project, something she hasn't seen in years.
"seaQuest DSV" (1993-1996) - Exploring the vast frontiers of the world's oceans was never quite as exhilarating as it was on this series.
"According to Jim" (2001-present) - Because 149 episodes (and counting) is not nearly enough. (Ok, this one is a joke).
What TV favorites would you like to see immortalized on the silver screen? Let us know, and maybe you'll be lucky and a lurking exec will steal your idea!
Story by Derek Krebs
Starpulse contributing writer
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