Based on the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, Roman Polanski's 1968 film Rosemary's Baby centers on a young couple that finds themselves expecting, but the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child. While the original film starred Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon, the 2014 four-hour NBC miniseries features Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams and Jason Isaacs.
'About a Boy'
The 2002 comedy About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, follows the life of a cynical man who learns to appreciate life with the help of a 12-year-old boy. In the 2014 spinoff television series of the same title, David Walton stars alongside Benjamin Stockham, who plays his insightful young companion.
Frances McDormand won an Oscar for her portrayal of pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson, who investigates a series of homicides, in the Coen brothers' 1996 film. FX's upcoming drama series adaptation stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg and Oliver Platt.
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel starred in the 2011 movie about a foul-mouthed seventh-grade teacher who, after being dumped by her fiance, pursues a rich, handsome substitute. Diaz also is a producer on CBS' upcoming comedy series adaptation, which stars Ari Graynor.
The daily happenings at a local barbershop make up the plot of the 2005 series starring Omar Gooding, a television adaptation of the 2002 film Barbershop, headed by rapper Ice Cube.
This acclaimed family drama-comedy starring Vanessa Williams traces the trials of an African-American Chicago-based family that collapses without its matriarch. Less than a decade after its release, the TV adaptation was picked up by Showtime for a five-season stint. The series was heralded by the NAACP Image Awards. Williams returned to the series, which stands as television's longest-running drama starring a predominantly African-American cast.
'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter star as two mindless teenagers who meddle with the future through time travel in the 1989 sci-fi comedy. The 1992 television remake based on the same plot features Evan Richards and Christopher Kennedy as leading characters Bill and Ted.
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Before Sarah Michelle Gellar found her niche as Buffy Summers in the 1997 TV series (which ran for seven seasons), Kristy Swanson was warding off vampires in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The television remake of the popular action film became Gellar’s early breakout title and her best-known onscreen role.
Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash and Brittany Murphy star as a group of Beverly Hills high school students in the 1995 classic Clueless. One year after its release, the popular comedy was remade into a TV series that ran for three seasons from 1996-1999 and featured frequent appearances by the film’s original castmembers.
'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
Following the success of the 1986 Matthew Broderick-starring Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the television remake Ferris Bueller premiered in 1990. The 13-episode TV series stars Charlie Schlatter as Ferris and similarly follows the film’s theme of teenage rebellion by tracking the misadventures of Ferris and his high school friends.
'Friday Night Lights'
The Peter Berg-directed 2004 sports drama Friday Night Lights, which documented the trials and tribulations of a high school football team, begat its small-screen debut in 2006 as a television series of the same name. The remake had a five-season run and starred Kyle Chandler as the series’ head coach.
The television spinoff of 1986’s Highlander, which starred Christopher Lambert, revolves around the battles of an immortal (played by Adrian Paul) forced to fight off danger while concealing his true identity.
'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids'
1989’s family comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, which follows the mishaps of a scientist who accidentally shrinks his kids to the size of insects, spawned a spinoff television series in 1997 that earned a three-season run.
'In the Heat of the Night'
Starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, the 1967 crime drama In the Heat of the Night centers on an African-American police detective’s investigation of a racially charged murder. The 1988 TV remake of the same name, which had a successful eight-season run, similarly follows the investigative stints of a Mississippi police chief and his African-American detective partner.
'La Femme Nikita'
The original French-Italian thriller starred Anne Parillaud as a convicted teen felon who is reborn after she is recruited as an assassin by a mysterious agency. Featuring Maggie Q as a rejuvenated Nikita, The CW refocused its series with the femme fatale as a woman bent on revenge after her husband is murdered by the agency.
The Academy Award-nominated satirical war movie MASH was an instant hit in 1970. The black comedy, starring Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall, followed the adventures of a reckless medical unit staff stationed at a surgical hospital during the Korean War. When it was turned into a television series, the medical sitcom became a huge success for CBS with an 11-season run. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named it the fifth-best-written TV series of all time.
Directed by Ron Howard and backed by a popular ensemble cast including Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves and Dianne Wiest, the 1989 family comedy executed a difficult balance of laughter and facing the hard truth. While the first attempt to adapt the film into a series flopped in 1990, NBC was more successful the second time around. The remake takes a more dramatic approach and stars Dax Shepard and Lauren Graham, who have helped carry the show for five seasons.
'Planet of the Apes'
The intelligent, evolved ape species has become one of the most recognizable icons in science fiction. The successful franchise began as a 1968 film that ponders the consequences of a group of scientists who discover new life on a distant planet. A television series aired on CBS followed shortly after, but was promptly canceled after 14 episodes due to low ratings. The franchise has since been revived with seven sequels and a television remake. The most recent remake was Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, with James Franco and Andy Serkis as the leads.
A metal ring covered in ancient symbols, called a Stargate, offers a team of scientists led by Kurt Russell and James Spader through a wormhole into a distant galaxy with foreign species in the original 1994 sci-fi film. The adapted Showtime series Stargate SG-1 picks up a year later, when an Air Force special operations team must defend Earth from outside attacks.
Based on a comic book, the 1994 cult favorite follows a murdered guitarist who is reawakened by a mystical crow and adopts the bird as his identity in his mission for vengeance. Brandon Lee, who played the Crow, died tragically of an accidental gunshot wound during production. Aired by the Sci Fi channel in America and in the U.K., the television revamp The Crow: Stairway to Heaven chronicles the Crow's struggle for redemption as he straddles life and death.
Based on the novel by S.E. Hinton, Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film featured a star-studded cast of rising actors including Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze and Diane Lane. The ensemble portrays the Oklahoma Greaser gang, which clashes with the wealthier Socs in a violent rivalry. Fox's single-season television remake served as a sequel to the original and featured Billy Bob Thornton and David Arquette.
The sci-fi cult classic that propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger to fame starred the Austrian bodybuilder as an artificially intelligent robotic assassin targeting a woman named Sarah Connor and her protector in the year 2029. Director James Cameron's film spurred a legacy, including the two-season television spinoff Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Although Fox opted not to renew that series, a new project is in the works to revitalize the franchise for television.
'The Magnificent Seven'
The classic 1960s Western based on Seven Samurai and starring Steve McQueen didn't fare too well at the box office, but went on to spawn multiple remakes. Both the original and its late-’90s television adaptation follow a band of seven gunslingers recruited to protect a Mexican village raided by bandits. The CBS reboot lasted for two seasons.
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'From Dusk Till Dawn'
Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network has adapted his 1996 movie for the small screen. The show revolves around a bank robber (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother (ZaneHoltz), who are wanted by the FBI and two Texas Rangers (DonJohnson and JesseGarcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, the duo encounter a former pastor (RobertPatrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Eiza González and Wilmer Valderrama also star.
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