Every Movie Franchise Returning As A TV Series | Screen Rant – Screen Rant

Every Movie Franchise Returning As A TV Series | Screen Rant – Screen Rant

The search for content has streaming platforms receiving movie IPs with open arms. Here’s a roundup of every movie franchise returning as a TV show.
Movie franchises turning to the TV format is becoming a trend in Hollywood. As the moviegoing experience is put in check due to different factors, including but not limited to the COVID-19 pandemic, TV networks and streaming platforms are becoming the new homes of major Hollywood IPs. Whether it is a fleeting phenomenon or a paradigm shift that will last, the fact is that many sequels, remakes, and reboots of important franchises are heading to TV.
Although the so-called Golden Age of TV is associated with shows like The Sopranos, which changed the way narratives were crafted for the small screen, it is undeniable that the rise of streaming platforms has changed how entertainment is made. If previously high production value series were restricted to major networks such as HBO, today, each of the competitors in the streaming market has dozens of high-quality products to offer. The idea of original productions for streaming, a trend initiated by Netflix’s shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, is now embraced by all other new major players such as Disney+ and HBO Max.
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It is precisely because of this search for original content that streaming platforms are receiving Hollywood movie franchises with open arms. The box-office opening weekend culture can be quick to label a movie franchise as a failure, but for a streaming platform, said franchise can be the key to attracting more subscribers, something even Netflix is now struggling with. The transition from film to TV, however, is not always tied to titles that have failed on the big screen – on the contrary. The concept of transmedia helps to build on the success of box office hits and is becoming a common strategy for the major sagas. That considered, here is a summary of every movie franchise returning as a TV show.
The cultural impact that the Lord of the Rings films have had on the film industry and in pop culture is unparalleled, but that has not stopped Amazon from investing heavily in a new adaptation of Tolkien’s work. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be the first Middle-earth TV show for the streaming platform and had a budget of $462 million for the first season alone. Seemly a darker story, The Rings of Power will be the first Tolkien live-action adaptation since 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and has the potential to be a game-changer in the industry. The Rings of Power has already had a first trailer released and will premiere on September 2, 2022.
The future of the Monsterverse will be both in theaters and on TV. A sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong is expected to shoot still in 2022, and a Monsterverse TV series has been ordered by Apple TV+. The story will take place after the events of Godzilla vs. Kong and will revolve around a family that is linked to the Monarch organization. Star Trek: Enterprise‘s Chris Black and Hawkeye‘s Matt Fraction will serve as executive producers on a joint production by Apple TV+, Toro, and Legendary.
The Alien franchise continues to develop in an unusual way. After Prometheus scrambled everything audiences believed they knew about the saga, Alien: Covenant attempted to bridge the gap between all the new elements and the more classic xenomorphs’ story. However, after Covenant‘s poor box office results and Disney’s purchase of FOX, a third film in the Alien prequel trilogy was never greenlighted. That said, in 2020, Disney announced an Alien TV series for FX. Noah Hawley, who served as an executive producer on Legion and Fargo, is helming the show. Filming begins in 2023.
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Despite the good reviews and all the talent gathered, Blade Runner 2049 was not a box office success. That made Blade Runner 3 unlikely, and now the franchise will continue as TV series for Amazon. Ridley Scott, who directed the first film, is serving as an executive producer and could perhaps direct the show. Blade Runner 2099 will take place 50 years after Denis Villeneuve’s film, 80 years after the original one. No release date has been announced yet.
Percy Jackson is getting a second chance at live-action. Nine years after Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the bestselling saga will be adapted for TV in the form of a Disney reboot. The show will have no connections to the Percy Jackson films and will bring The Adam Project’s Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson.
Sherlock Holmes 3 has been in limbo for over a decade, but now the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes franchise will at least continue on TV. Downey Jr. is producing two Sherlock Holmes shows for HBO Max. It is still unclear what these series will be about and if Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Sherlock.
Pitch Perfect 3 may have concluded the Bellas story for now, but the Pitch Perfect franchise will continue. Peacock has ordered Pitch Perfect spin-off show centered around Bumper Allen. Adam Devine will reprise his role, and the story will see the character having to deal with one of his songs becoming a hit in Europe.
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Despite starting out as a TV show, The Addams Family established itself as a movie franchise in the 90s. Now, The Addams Family is going back to its roots as Tim Burton is producing a Wednesday show for Netflix. Christina Ricci is returning to the franchise, but with a catch: she is not playing Wednesday as she originally did in The Addams Family trilogy but instead a new character.
The John Wick franchise is going strong in theaters, but the highly-stylized assassins’ world will also get a TV chapter. The Continental, a miniseries event set to air on Starz, will deal with the history of the famous hotel chain in the John Wick universe. The prequel miniseries will feature names like Mel Gibson, Colin Woodell, and Katie McGrath. Announced in 2017, The Continental does not yet have a release date.
Batman is a movie star, but the universe around him is moving toward the TV format. A Penguin series spinning off of The Batman has been officially ordered for HBO Max and will see Colin Farrell return as Oswald Cobbleplot and Matt Reeves as an executive producer. In addition to Penguin, an Arkham Asylum show is also being discussed.
Paramount has already made it clear that it wants to create a Sonic cinematic universe, and the first step will be a Knuckles spin-off series for Paramount+. Knuckles can be seen in Sonic The Hedgehog 2, in which he was played by Idris Elba. Knuckles does not have a release date announced yet, but Idris Elba is confirmed to star in a show that helps prove how major Hollywood movie franchises are turning to the TV format.
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Marcelo Leite is a senior writer for Screen Rant with years of experience in creative and academic writing. Although his chosen field was structure engineering, there is nothing he likes better than writing about the things he loves.

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