Sin City, The Mist, and other Films Turned into TV Series. Sin City, The Mist, Silver Linings Playbook, 10 Commandments, War and Peace, and other notable film to TV projects are currently in various stages of development courtesy of The Weinstein Company (midsize independent studio). It would seem Marvel’s television model has not gone unnoticed by Hollywood executive looking for expansion of film properties and the stability that a weekly script series can bring to the balance sheet of a production studio. A new TV division seems like a safe bet. With safe havens like AMC, ABC, FX, SpikeTV, etc available, this is likely the tip of the ice berg. There have already been a Blade TV series and a Terminator TV series. More “conversions” after the Weinstein’s initial gambit are inevitable.
*10-espisode The Mist show, with involvement from Frank Darabont.
*Sin City TV series, designed to quickly follow the theatrical sequel, with involvement from Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez.
*Silver Linings Playbook show, with involvement from August: Osage County creator Tracy Letts.
*10-episode 10 Commandments series, with Lee Daniels, Madonna, Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and Wes Craven mentioned as possible directors.
*10-episode detective drama set in ancient Egypt called Book of the Dead.
*Marco Polo, a “martial arts-filled adventure series” for Netflix.
*14- episode War and Peace adaptation.
*BBC show Stan and Ollie, focusing on the Laurel and Hardy towards the end of their careers.
*An “Entourage-like” comedy “based loosely on the adventures of the celebrity chef Michael Chiarello.”
*Those scripted shows join a growing roster of reality projects, including “Concrete Kings,” about the construction business, and “Rodeo Girls,” about female rodeo competitors, both for A&E; and “Under the Gunn” a spinoff of the company’s continuing “Project Runway” series on Lifetime.
*Bob Weinstein is preparing a pilot based on the “Scream” films for MTV
On the Weinteins collaborating with HBO in the future:
“Would I be surprised in the coming years if Harvey brought something to us that makes sense for HBO? Not in the least,” said Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO.
On the backing of the Weinstein’s move into television:
The TV push is backed by money from a freshly negotiated $370 million in available lending from an arrangement with Union Bank. About $150 million of that is earmarked for television, Mr. Glasser said.
2015 (at the earliest) might be a very interesting year for The Weinsteins, TV fanatics, and film lovers.
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