So, you thought you’d seen the last of this lot? Turns out, there’s plenty more twists and turns in the respective tales yet.
From superheroes to vampires, the following seven movies are all getting the small screen treatment, which means there’s a whole lot more TV coming your way.
The Beach started out life as a novel written by Alex Garland (he went on to create 28 Days Later, Ex Machina and Annihilation), before director Danny Boyle decided to adapt it into the cult film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton and Robert Carlyle.
The narrative centres around a Thai island paradise which rapidly descends into hell as tensions rise and tempers flare.
Boyle revealed to The Independent that Amy Seimetz, who co-wrote, co-directed, and executive produced The Girlfriend Experience, as well as appearing in the likes of Pet Sematary, Alien: Covenant and Stranger Things, is heading up the project.
“The Beach may come back,” he said. “[Seimetz] has taken The Beach and made a prequel for television. It’s the same character but it’s set now, so 20 years later – it’s a bit of a headf**k.
“It’s intriguing when you see it. I’ve read the first two scripts. I don’t know if they’ll have the courage to do it at FX, but you never know.”
Back in 2012, Deadline reported that The Secret Circle writer Andrew Miller was working on an adaption of The Beach, but it was scrapped. But this time, things sound a lot more hopeful, so watch this space for updates.
The Lost Boys
It was reported back in 2016 that we were getting a TV anthology adaption of The Lost Boys, Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire comedy-horror movie. The project stalled and it didn’t go to pilot, despite Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas having started work on it.
But it was never completely taken off the table, and Deadline have since revealed that it’s all systems go once again, with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal’s Heather Mitchell now involved with the remake, which is set to air on The CW (we don’t have a premiere date at the moment).
The synopsis reads: “Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat… and a secret underworld of vampires.
“After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.”
Thomas is still on board as an executive producer, and he previously spoke to Collider about how the TV version would be different: “I don’t know if it was the chicken or the egg first. I felt like the vampires in a new television version were not simply the bad guys. In The Lost Boys movie, the vampires are bad. I didn’t think I would structure each season, so there’s a group of bad guys who are vampires, each year, that we’re trying to defeat.
“The story that I’m trying to tell in season one of The Lost Boys is a story about two brothers and how tempted they are to fall in with these vampires and how tempted they are to want to be 22 forever. I am leaning into the Peter Pan notion of, if you join these vampires, you never have to grow up.
“I read a bit about what the original writer’s intentions were, and how a lot of that Peter Pan imagery got pulled away from what they ended up doing. I’m pushing it back in there.”
While most of the pilot’s original cast have been booted off, Medalion Rahimi (Still Star-Crossed) and Dakota Shapiro (Valley of the Boom) have been kept on as Star and David.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Mindy Kaling, like many highly successful women out there, is a master of multi-tasking, juggling a multiple different projects, one of which is a small-screen remake of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Richard Curtis’s 1994 romcom is being given a fresh lick of paint, with Game of Thrones‘ Nathalie Emmanuel taking on the role of Maya, who travels to the UK from the US for a friend’s wedding.
It’s there that she reunites with pals Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse), Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith) and Duffy (John Reynolds) – but there’s a big problem. She has a HUGE crush on Kash (Nikesh Patel), the man Ainsley is dating, following a flirty interaction at the airport.
“Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course there are four weddings… and a funeral,” said Hulu in a statement.
Catch the 10-episode series from July 31.
WarnerMedia has just announced that the 1984 fantasy-horror Gremlins, in which a cute and fluffy creature called a Mogwai transforms into multiple scaly monsters, is being adapted into an animated prequel.
It will be called Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, and will take place in 1920s China. The narrative will follow Sam Wing as a 10-year-old who goes on to own the shop where Randall first comes across Gizmo.
Writer Tze Chun, who worked on Gotham and Once Upon a Time, will be heading it up.
The plot description reads: “Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colourful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.”
It will air on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming platform, which is due to land later this year.
Lord of the Rings
J R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy got the big blockbuster treatment and is now being adapted for Amazon, who have reportedly paid $250 million for the rights.
The prequel series, which has officially begun filming, could span as many as five seasons and will be set during the ‘Age of Númenor’ or the Second Age, 3,441 years before The Fellowship of the Ring (the first book/film) took place.
So don’t expect any of your favourites to feature, as most of them were born in the Third Age, which means no young Aragorn, as a much-reported rumour had many people believe.
There is, however, one person who could technically play a part, and he sounds like he’d be up for it.
“What do you mean, another Gandalf?” McKellen said on The Graham Norton Show.
“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7,000 years old, so I’m not too old.”
Another exciting name who is definitely on board is Game Of Thrones‘ writer and co-executive producer Bryan Cogman.
First a comic, then a motion picture, Watchmen, which follows an alternate reality in which superheroes are real, is one of the latest in a long line of graphic novels being adapted for TV.
The series is set to air on HBO, and is being created and developed by Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost), who has described it as a “remix”.
Very few details have been offered up, but the cast will be as follows: Jeremy Irons (Ozymandias), Regina King and Abdul-Mateen II (a couple called Angela Abar and Cal Abraham), Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson (a vigilante called Looking Glass), Louis Gossett Jr, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya, Jean Smart and Sara Vickers.
Like we said, there is very little out there, but Johnson did tell Collider that “[fans] won’t believe what Damon has done with it and how amazing it is”.
He also said: “This [series] is beyond comics.”
There isn’t currently an air date on the table, but some are saying it will land this year after filming wrapped up back in June.
The Dark Crystal
Jim Henson and Frank Oz LOVE puppets, so much so that the pair have dedicated their lives to creating spellbinding art with puppets front and centre, from The Muppets to The Dark Crystal – and the latter, which began life as a dark fantasy adventure film back in 1982, is coming to the small screen.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which is set before the original, will hit Netflix on Friday, August 30, and has a truly sensational cast: Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Eddie Izzard, Ana Taylor-Joy, Lena Headey, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Alicia Vikander, Toby Jones, Natalie Dormer and more.
And, crucially, they will be voicing real puppets and not, as some predicted, CGI incarnations.
The Netflix synopsis reads: “The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land.
“When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.”
We’re SO ready for this one.