January 10th, 2012, 02:39 PM
Party Down cater Jack Bauer’s party for killing his 1000th terrorist? I smell a crossover film!
It seems like for the past decade or so, any time a beloved show goes off the air (even when the audience who loves that is teeny tiny) rumors spring up about a continuation of the series in grand movie fashion. Of course all the fan letter writing campaigns and online petitions in the world usually can’t do much to help them get made. Of course there are the exceptions, like Sex and the City, but overall TV shows don’t end up making it to the big screen. Or when they do it’s a weird, tongue in cheek remake of a show from the 70’s or 80’s. I’m looking at you Dukes of Hazzard, The Brady Bunch, Starsky and Hutch, Get Smart…well, you get the point.
But a few months back we got some exciting news: an Arrested Development movie is actually going to be made! Then news on a Party Down movie! Then Entourage! Then 24! The floodgates have opened up, and the struggling movie business has seemingly decided this is the new trend. They’ve already done comic books (and show so sign of stopping), video games (somehow Resident Evil movies continue to get made), and toys (though Transformers will live on, the new, undoubtedly awful Battleship movie should pretty effectively kill this trend), so why not TV? I mean at least those shows, particularly 24, have a built in fan base. And even cult favorites like Arrested Development and Party Down, far more popular after cancellation, have great potential to make money. Those guys are used to working on TV budgets and their fans will surely pay to see their favorite show live on multiple times in theaters.
So I say hoorah for this new trend! Now please apply it to every canceled TV show I’ve ever loved.