CBS has ordered a pilot for a TV series based on the “Beverly Hills Cop” films according to TV Guide. Eddie Murphy, the star of the original films, is executive producing with “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan. Murphy also plans to star in a recurring role as Alex Foley, the character he played in the film franchise. He will be the father of the show’s main character, Aaron Foley, who is yet to be cast.
Shows that are pulled from the silver screen have been hit or miss over the years. For every “M*A*S*H*” there is a “Ferris Bueller.” Even shows based on hugely successful films like “Beverly Hills Cop” don’t necessarily bring huge ratings.
Here is a look at five recent attempts at bringing a successful film to the small screen.
Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
Based on the best-selling book and the 2004 Billy Bob Thornton film “Friday Night Lights” has been one of the most successful film-to-television adaptations in recent history. Despite mediocre ratings, “Friday Night Lights” lasted five seasons. The series was a critical smash for most of its run and made several best show of the decade lists including Hitfix.com, The A.V. Club, and Salon.com and garnered 13 emmy nominations overall, including wins in the final season for lead actor Kyle Chandler and showrunner Jason Katims.
Loosely based on the 1989 Ron Howard film that grossed $100 million at the U.S. box office according to Box Office Mojo. This was actually NBC’s second attempt at bringing “Parenthood” to television. A year after the film was released NBC debuted a series starring a 15-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio. The 1990 show was cancelled after 12 episodes. They have had more success this time around. The show was developed by Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims and executive produced by Ron Howard. Despite mediocre ratings (according to deadline.com “Parenthood” ranked 76th in total viewers last year) the show is entering its fourth season this fall and is generally well received by critics.
The CW had immense success adapting “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” into a television series and decided to try to recapture the magic of a show featuring a young woman fighting mysterious evil with a surrogate family. “Nikita” is based on the 1990 Luc Besson thriller of the same name. Although it has low ratings in the U.S. according to tvbythenumbers it is a popular series internationally and will be entering its third season this fall.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2010)
“Terminator: TSCC “is an example of a series created from a hugely popular and successful film franchise that didn’t translate into big television ratings. The second season only attracted an average of 5.3 million viewers according to ABC. The show followed Sarah and John Connor and was set after “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.” When season two began after the television writer’s strike “TSCC” failed to attract enough viewers to merit renewal.
Napoleon Dynamite (2012)
Making an animated show from a live action film has been a common practice in Hollywood. “Back to the Future,” “Men in Black,” “Ace Ventura,” “Robo Cop,” and “Star Wars” have all been tried out as cartoons. Fox assembled the same group of people responsible for the film, breakout star Jon Heder reprized the title role and was joined by most of the original cast. However, people were unwilling to embrace the loveable loser eight-years later and, according to tvbythenumbers.com, the show was cancelled after only six episodes.