9 Popular TV Series That Were Originally Supposed To Be Movies

  
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7. ER

It might be hard to believe but one of the most iconic medical dramas in TV history and one of the longest running shows in TV history, almost wasn’t a show at all. Back in 1974, renowned author, creator, producer and director Michael Crichton developed a screenplay about his own experiences as a doctor in a hectic hospital emergency room, hoping to make it into a successful film but that isn’t exactly what happened. “I wrote a documentary style movie about what happened during 24 hours in an emergency room. I thought the screenplay was terrific, but nobody would make the movie, finding it too technical, too chaotic, and too fast-moving. It sat on the shelf for the next nineteen years – brought out every five or ten years, for updating, and for the studios and networks to look at, and reject yet again,” Crichton wrote on his website. After collaborating with Steven Spielberg to bring his book Jurassic Park to the big screen in 1993, the pair turned to ER and made some changes to present it as a two-hour pilot for a series instead of as a film and finally it was picked up by NBC.

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6. Daredevil

There are many superhero and comic book fans who wish that 2003’s Daredevil starring Ben Affleck never happened, and it took a decade before anyone made another attempt at the story, and in April 2015 the Daredevil series came to Netflix, but not before another film version was first discussed. In 2013 the film rights to Daredevil were bought back by Marvel Studios from 20th Century Fox, and Drew Goddard immediately began looking at creating a Marvel Daredevil film. After the disastrous 2003 film, however, Marvel was hesitant about how to present the character and his story and did not want to create an R-rated film but Goddard did not want a “watered down version of the character.” Goddard explained, “I went into Marvel and talked to them about making it as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the Affleck movie. But what we all sort of realised is that, this movie doesn’t want to cost $200 million. The thing about Matt Murdock is, he’s not saving the world. He’s just keeping his corner clean. So it would feel wrong to have spaceships crashing in the middle of the city. But because of that, Marvel on the movie side is not in the business of making $25 million movies. They’re going big, as they should.” Through this conversation Goddard and Marvel realized that while a Daredevil movie wouldn’t work, but that a television series definitely would and Marvel’s Daredevil was created.

Patrick Harbron / ©Netflix / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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