9 Cool Series Based on Cult Films
Sometimes we become so attached to the heroes of our favorite films that we are ready to review them again and again, just to stretch the pleasure. Fortunately, there is always the possibility of the characters returning to the screens, for example, in stunning TV shows based on famous films. So we are going to present a selection of such films.
1. 12 Monkeys, 2015
The sci-fi plot “12 Monkeys” is so good that it inspired representatives of different generations of filmmakers. For the first time, the story of the anti-utopian future of mankind, forced to hide underground after a massive environmental disaster, was told by French director Chris Marker in his 1962 short film. Then the baton was taken by the famous Terry Gilliam, who shot the full meter of 1995 with Bruce Willis in the title role.
The plot of the series is again centered around travels in the time of James Cole and his attempts to change the sad past of his planet. At the moment, 4 episodes of the series have been released, the final of which was presented in 2018.
2. 10 Things I Hate About You, 2009
The romantic comedy “10 Reasons for My Hate”, released in 1999, elevated Heath Ledger and Julia Styles to the rank of youth idols. Together, they told a funny love story tied between two opposites. In the story, a cheerful and sociable Bianca wants to go to a school ball, but for her parents to let her go there, she must find a pair for her rebel sister Katarina. Bianca comes up with a witty plan, including a heartthrob in need of money.
The plot with minor changes and a long tie was transferred to television screens. The main heroines of the multi-series project are still unlike the sisters Bianca and Kat.
3. Westworld, 2016
From a long-forgotten science fiction film, a popular series with a non-trivial plot may turn out well. For example, the Wild West World, based on 1973 Michael Crichton’s tape, easily fit into the busy schedule of the modern series. Television people have greatly expanded the story. Events unfold mainly in the territory of the amusement park of the future, made in the style of the Wild West, where they play along with androids indistinguishable from real people.
The premiere of the second season of the series took place in the spring of 2018. The creators announced the extension of the project for the third season.
4. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, 2014
In 1996, the provocative horror comedy “From Dusk Till Dawn” from the Hollywood duo Rodriguez-Tarantino came out on world screens, which subsequently gave rise to a whole cult. The main characters of the film, the Gekko brothers, hiding from justice, got into a strip bar full of vampires. The eponymous series, the creation of which is also responsible for Robert Rodriguez, somewhat changed the story. At the same time, the central characters of the show were Seth and Richie Gekko, well known to the viewer.
Three seasons of the series were broadcast from 2014 to 2016. The project was the first series of Robert Rodriguez’s own channel.
5. Bates Motel, 2013
With the release of the cult Psycho horror, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, viewers first visited the ominous secluded motel under the supervision of Norman Bates. More than half a century after the release of the tape, viewers saw an expanded background to the hero, who for many years remains one of the most frightening in the history of cinema. In the series, Norman appears before us as a schoolboy performed by the young star Freddy Highmore. According to the plot, which show runners have transferred in our time, the hero moves with his mother to a new city. There, the family buys a dilapidated motel.
Between 2013 and 2017, 5 seasons of the series were released. During this time, the project managed to collect many awards and nominations, including Emmy and Sputnik.
6. Farg, 2014
The famous Coen brothers also made their debut on television screens, who decided to transfer the atmosphere and features of one of their most famous projects, the black tragicomedy Fargo, to small screens. The series, shot in an anthology format, consists of three interconnected stories. Each in one way or another is in contact with the events shown in the original tape. The series has stars of the first magnitude, including Oscar-winning Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Kirsten Dunst. The Cohen brothers acted as executive producers of the project.
The series was repeatedly named among the best television shows of the year, according to American film critics, and also earned numerous television awards, including the Prime Time Emmy Award as the best mini-series.
7. Teen Wolf 2011
At the box office in 1985, one of the most successful films was the teen comedy Wolf Cub, which tells the story of Scott Howard, a schoolboy who dreams of becoming popular at school. An unexpected opportunity to achieve his goals for him is … becoming a werewolf. The tape became so popular that it spawned a sequel, filmed in 1987, an animated series in 1986, as well as a completely independent hit – a series that started in 2011.
In the new series, the name of the main character was changed to Scott McCall. For the rest, the plot remained the same – the guy’s life changes dramatically after a werewolf bite. The series lasted on air for 6 seasons.
We saw the long-playing potential in the cult crime comedy Guy Ritchie’s “Big Jackpot.” The tape with Jason State and Brad Pitt spoke about the unlucky petty thieves who got into a tough bind with dangerous guys. In the new version, the heroes are somewhat younger, but remained as awkward. The story begins with the fact that novice businessmen, who really had no business with serious crime, find a truck with stolen gold. After that, their dangerous adventures begin.
One of the main roles in the series was played by Rupert Grint, known to the viewer for one of the central roles in the Harry Potter franchise.
9. Ash vs. Evil Dead, 2015
Critics liked the lightness and ease with which the brothers Sam and Ivan Raimi created a tv adaptation of their famous comedic horror “The Evil Dead”. They even managed to return to the role of the same Ash, the star of the original trilogy of Bruce Campbell. In the story, the aged Ash works as an ordinary employee of a supermarket in one of the small American towns. However, soon he will again jump into the saddle of the savior of the planet, because the evil he knows well will raise his head again.
The music for the series was written by Joseph Loduca, who also worked on all three films about The Evil Dead.
Do not rush ahead of time to say goodbye to your favorite movie heroes, perhaps you will have more than one joint season.