12 Popular TV Series That Were Originally Supposed To Be Movies
When it comes to creating a hit film or TV series, one of the biggest concerns is how to tell the entire story properly. Coming up with an original story for the next big Hollywood film is difficult, but the same could be said for a new TV series and what fans don’t know is that some of their favorite shows weren’t even supposed to be shows at all! There have been quite a few times when some of the most popular shows of recent years were actually pitched as movies before somebody realized how much better they could be if turned into an entire series instead. Here are 12 popular series that were first imagined as movies:
Lost may have been one of TV’s most groundbreaking and gripping series of recent years, but there was a brief moment when all it was going to become was a made-for-TV movie! While in the middle of filming the pilot episode, the new head of ABC decided it would be better as a TV movie. “In the middle of shooting the pilot, the head of ABC [Lloyd Braun] was fired,” J.J. Abrams revealed. “And the new person [Stephen McPherson] came in while we were shooting and they said, ‘Uh, can you shoot an ending? We can air it as a TV movie.’ And I said, ‘If you can tell me how to end this show … what that scene is, I will shoot it for you.” Abrams said after that brief interaction and some push-back on his part “he never heard back about it” being made into a movie instead and it went forward as a series with the pilot becoming one of the most expensive TV pilots in television history.
With many of its hit shows ending, The CW was in need of a gripping new teen series when it picked up Riverdale. Using the beloved Archie comic characters, and a mix of talented new stars and beloved Hollywood veterans the show was an immediate success, but at first it wasn’t even supposed to be a show at all. In 2013, Warner Bros. picked up the idea for an Archie movie after receiving a pitch from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and director Jason Moore. The film was imagined as a teen comedy reminiscent of the John Hughes’ classic films from the ’80s; however, as Warner Bros. began focusing on its bigger films, the Archie movie got left behind. Eventually Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa reimagined the film for TV and Riverdale was born. Riverdale began development at Fox in 2014, but the network soon dropped the project and, finally in 2015, the show was moved to The CW.