12 Popular TV Series That Were Originally Supposed To Be Movies
In the fall of 2016, Fox took a leap with its new series Pitch which told the story of the first woman to ever play in the MLB. While the unique premise seemed like a definite hit, the series was cancelled after the first season, and may be one of the few that possibly could have done better as a film, which was the creator’s original intention. Producer Dan Fogelman was introduced to the project via writer Rick Singer and producer and director Tony Bill, but none of them thought of it as a series at first. “They had been developing this for a long time as a movie. They’re huge baseball junkies themselves. I’d first talked to Tony about it as a film and I realized as my deal was coming over to 20th Century Fox Television that it might be a nice fit as a TV series,” Fogelman explained on how he took Pitch from a movie to a Fox series.
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.