8 Movies That Should Never Become TV Shows—Seriously, Back Away From These Flicks!

Turning movies into TV shows is all the rage this development season, but the trend needs to stop here

By Chris Harnick Oct 14, 2014 9:00 PMTags
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Chances are if there was a moderately successful-to-full blown beloved hit movie, a TV show version of it is in the works this season. There's Big, Rush Hour, Uncle Buck, Real Genius, In the Heat of the Night, Problem Child…you get the picture.

NBC made headlines when they bought a script for a continuation of Say Anything, the Cameron Crowe hit starring John Cusack and Ione Skye. Shortly after the project was announced, Crowe, who wrote and directed the 1989 flick, and Cusack took to social media and blasted the proposed sequel TV series. It's since been shelved. To prevent such a thing from happening again, we've taken the liberty of coming up with the movies—both classic, cult-hit and blockbuster—that TV networks should absolutely stay the hell away from. At first the trend seemed to be movies from the 1980s and 1990s, but a Monster-in-Law TV series from Amy B. Harris and John Riggi based on the 2005 Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez movie was just announced as in the works at Fox. Granted we haven't seen any of these adaptations and all or some may be great, but we're already getting fatigued over all these announcements.

You're welcome, Hollywood executives.

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Little Miss Sunshine (2007)
You will never be able to recapture the magic of putting Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Abigail Breslin in that WV van. Don't even try to ruin what is now a modern classic.

My Cousin Vinny (1992)
We don't need to see Vinny (Joe Pesci) and Mona Lisa (Marisa Tomei) in present day. Nor do we need to see anybody else attempt to take on the iconic roles.

The Breakfast Club (1985), but really John Hughes
Seriously. Although Hollywood has tried, and is trying to do it again with Uncle Buck, it's best to just not touch the classics. Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off (they tried that already)…

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The Princess Bride (1987)
The temptation is there. Look how well shows like Outlander, Game of Thrones and Once Upon a Time are doing. There's no comedy version of them yet (until Galavant hits ABC sometime next year)…but The Princess Bride best be left alone. As you wish.

Love Actually (2003)
Again, this is one of those movies where people will rage if a TV adaptation is even tried. You won't recapture Andrew Lincoln with those cards, standing in front of Kiera Knightley. We don't want a continuation or a retread, we just want to watch Love Actually all the time.

Moonstruck (1987)
Snap out of it! Nobody will top Cher. Bye.

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Mystic Pizza (1988)
We'll take Jenna Maroney starring in Mystic Pizza: The Musical and that's all.

The First Wives Club (1996)
Yes, a Broadway musical we will tolerate. A TV show? No way. Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn are irreplaceable. What about a show about them in the past? No.

And in 10 years from now, don't even think about adapting the Harry Potter books into a TV series. Leave it alone.

What movies do you think need to be left alone? Tell us in the comments!

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