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 ...Read more
The Dukes of Hazzard is the latest in a long and
illustrious line of television shows that have been ported
over to the big screen. Television shows being turned into
movies used to be a novelty; now, it's a necessity. With
spiraling budgets and jaded audiences, Hollywood is searching
for surefire hits. Sometimes it works. Other times, it's
The Mod Squad.
Cartoons from the 1980s are the "vein du jour" for filmmakers. Hong Kong action guru John Woo is prepping a megabudget He-Man starring Sex and the City's Jason Lewis as the blonde, leather-clad sword-wielder who's "got the power." Recently, N.E.R.D. front man Pharrell Williams announced he is producing and scoring a big-screen treatment of the pre-Power Rangers cartoon Voltron: Defender of the Universe. In the "you can't get any bigger than this" category, megamoguls Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay will ...Read more