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Fantasy Casting: A Sneakers TV Show

Earlier this week, Grantland TV critic Andy Greenwald floated the idea of a TV adaptation of the 1992 cult classic film Sneakers. For those unfamiliar with the movie, it was a comedic thriller with some creepily prescient ideas about the future of digital espionage and technological warfare, plus a ridiculously star-studded cast led by Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier.

Here's Greenwald's pitch:

As a movie [Sneakers] was the perfect mixture of warm characterization and legit thrills, which translates too easily into TV: It'd be a comic caper with real stakes, like the hours that end up on USA but with night-vision goggles instead of sunglasses. The best thing is, there was already a brilliant show that captured this spirit: the late, great Terriers. So let's hire Shawn Ryan and Ted Griffin to do the adaptation.


As a big fan of the movie, I'd be all over this show. But the idea got me thinking about who I'd want to see in the cast, so I've put together a re-casting game to decide exactly that: In the widget below, you'll see the original actors on the left and a few suggested replacements. The Dan Aykroyd role in particular could really use some creativity. Once you've filled out your picks, be sure to add them to the comments.

For diehard fans of the movie, feel free to debate the smaller roles in the comment section, especially whether TV veterans Stephen Tobolowsky (who's now available in the wake of his Mindy Project firing) and Donal Logue (of Ryan's Terriers no less) should reprise their respective efforts (we vote yes!).

The best news? It looks like Shawn Ryan took notice of the idea...


Would you watch a Sneakers TV show?

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I've been saying for years that this movie deserves a TV series.
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The actress for 'Liz' needs to be a little older than your choices here. None of those girls have even a hint of gravitas...Jon Hamm will be perfect if he can loosen up a bit, and Laurie will bring that whimsy that the role demands.
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I am not sure about Liz though...
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Solved it
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I am usually not a fan of transforming movies into TV series (it hasn't worked well in most cases, Buffy/Stargate etc being exceptions to the rule) but I would be interested in a TV show based on that move
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If Sneakers was turned into a TV show, it wouldn't be anything like Terriers (which was awesome by the way). It would be more like Leverage or maybe Chuck. While both of those shows were kind of enjoyable, I'm not particularly interested in seeing another one of that kind.
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Marty has to be someone you both like and distrust from the beginning. Cosmo's actions come from his (justifiable) anger towards Marty, fermenting over time. I'm not saying James Van Der Beek looks fermented, but he would definitely pull off the role. Lizzy Caplan is like bacon, everything is better with her in it. Donal Logue as Mother and Andre Braugher as Crease are no-brainers. Fro the life of me, I couldn't think of someone to play Whistler as good as David Strathairn and Nicholas Hoult as Arbogast seems like a good fit.
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"I'm not saying James Van Der Beek looks fermented..." might be my new favorite, completely out of context quote.
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No. WAY. I LOVE this film. It would ROCK as a tv series.
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I would be looking forward to this series :D
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Oh yes, and though not on the list: Mark PELLEGRINO as some bad guy. No show can prosper without Mark.
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Primary cast as below. I would make a few tweaks, possibly to the characters, plot and setting. I might even be tempted to change the title from Sneakers to something more highbrow. Fringe, perhaps. Should run for at least seven seasons...
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I think I've just cried... ;-P ;-D
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Made a few adjustments to my list after thinking it over, essentially I knew I had to add the Mark's to my cast. They are both amazing and I'd watch an hour of them reading the dictionary (educational and entertaining).
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They can make this show on one condition, next door to the teams office is a store that specialises in rodent artifical insemination - Cooties rat semen
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Maybe it'd fill the Leverage void... ;-/
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I'd soooo like to watch that! ;-D
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Mark Pellegrino - inspired. Which got me to thinking: Mark Sheppard as Cosmo. Awesomeness.
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I'd make some tweeks to a couple roles. Aaron Paul is a little old for the choice but he's an awesome actor and Simon Pegg isn't the conventional choice for that character either, but I'd tweek the characters to fit those awesome actors.
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And just for kicks I'd throw Dennis Haysbert in as the James Earl Jones role at the end.
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Perfect fit.
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