Hollywood's love affair with remaking television shows into motion pictures continues this summer with Bewitched, based on the '60s comedy, and The Dukes of Hazzard, based on the popular lowbrow car-chase show from the '80s.
Bewitched stars Nicole Kidman in the part made famous by Elizabeth Montgomery, as a pretty suburban housewife who happens to be a witch. Former SNL funnyman Will Ferrell costars. Classing up the joint will be Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine.
The Dukes of Hazzard, the post-Smokey and the Bandit action comedy about the Duke family's never-ending battle to defeat bumbling cops and the crooked Boss Hogg, is coming to the big screen, starring Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson, and Burt Reynolds. The casting alone appeals to the lowest-common denominator necessary to insure success.
In the past, television-to-movie conversions have met with varying degrees of success. Both Mission: Impossible films were huge summertime blockbusters. The Addams Family and Charlie's Angels proved that updates can be fun and profitable. Starsky & Hutch made $86 million, yet it's difficult to find someone who liked it. Universally panned Wild Wild West made more than $100 million, simultaneously benefiting from and nearly destroying the marquee value of Will Smith.
Regardless of the outcome, Hollywood bravely soldiers on with plans for reimaginings of Land of the Lost, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Wonder Woman.
So far, no studio has expressed interest in updating Manimal.