If you’re sick and tired of remakes, how about some big screen adaptations of old TV shows no one cares about instead? Oh Hollywood, is it really so difficult to find an original idea?
Lee Majors mania continues to sweep SoCal (did we time warp back to 1977?) as plans for big screen versions of The Six Million Dollar Man and the nearly unwatchable The Fall Guy percolate.
The Weinstein Company, still flush with money after the success of The King’s Speech, has decided the perfect follow up to that critical darling is a new version of The Six Million Dollar Man. If you’re not as old as some of us here at Movies.com, TSMDM was a popular (albeit cheesy) action series in the 1970s that starred Lee Majors as an astronaut who was bionically rebuilt and then used his super powers to help those less fortunate (and fight Bigfoot. You can’t make this stuff up…). Now, over thirty years later, someone at TWC thinks the world wants more Steve Austin.
The new version is apparently going to be called The Six Billion Dollar Man – because six million bucks just doesn’t buy as much fancy gadgetry as it used to. Bryan Singer is set to direct and according to Latino Review, the director’s having exploratory discussions with Leonardo DiCaprio about starring in the film. We’re not gamblers, but we’d feel pretty safe betting a large sum of money that Leonardo DiCaprio will not star in a film entitled The Six Billion Dollar Man. Just call it a hunch…
Meanwhile, Walter Parkes has a script for a big screen version of The Fall Guy ready to go. Can the world endure this much Lee Majors nostalgia?
The show, which found Majors playing a stuntman who’s also a bounty hunter in his spare time, ran on ABC for five seasons and was produced by prolific TV guy Glen Larson. It’s remembered more for the pick up truck Majors drove than any of the stories. Naturally, this means it’s perfect for a Hollywood updating.
The Fall Guy has been kicking around since 2010, but apparently this script is the first step in moving things forward – although various insiders are saying the budget for the film would be very high, so high that DreamWorks might pass on it.
Glen Larson also produced another show that’s reportedly in the running to get its own feature film, Battlestar Galactica. While we’d love to see a BG film based on the recent television series, this film will instead be based on the 1970s version. Honestly, we’re okay with that. Maybe it’s childhood nostalgia talking, but that show was kinda fun – except for the stupid robot dog. If they leave that out, we’d be interested. There’s no way it will be as cool as a film based on the new series, but maybe that will eventually happen as well. Bryan Singer is developing this project (apparently Singer loves ‘70s TV…), but it’s been in the works for over two years – and doesn’t have much to show for it save for some pre-production materials. That’s not a good sign.
Last, but certainly not least, is Steven Soderbergh’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is based on an even older television series from the 1960s. We’re not sure who thought this was a good idea, but we suspect that if the film does actually get made (and we suspect it will since Soderbergh is set to retire soon) that it will most likely turn out like the ill-advised updating of The Avengers (the 1998 film based on the British TV series, not the upcoming Marvel film) and no one will care.
The film’s one hope (aside from Soderbergh directing) was that George Clooney was set to star. Then Clooney opted out because he hurt his back – so the recently crowned “Sexiest Man Alive,” aka Bradley Cooper, stepped in. Then he bailed. Now Soderbergh is apparently eyeing Channing Tatum. Tatum makes sense since he’s working with Soderbergh on the male stripper film Magic Mike, but it’s quite the step down from Clooney and even Cooper.
So, what do you guys think? Are you even remotely excited about the prospect of any of these old TV shows getting new life on the big screen or would you prefer Hollywood spend their time and money on more contemporary projects?