4 Great Sports Movies That Will Inevitably Be Made Into TV Shows
Are you a TV writer who's suffering from writer's block but still looking to make a new show? These days, you might as well just hit up Netflix and have the movie do the work for you.
Amidst the many TV trailers we're getting this week are numerous movies that are getting their very own small screen adaptations. Among the batch are classics like The Exorcist and Training Day.
It's clear television has a problem with this, but much like advertisements on jerseys, surely the mindless remakquelboot-off (Remake+sequel/prequel/reboot/spin-off) of your favorite sports movie is coming soon to a TV or streaming service near you. Here's five that could plausibly fit the bill of being a TV show, though I can't make any promises on how the quality would be...
Despite it moving to a different channel seemingly every different season, remember the impact Friday Night Lights the show had? It served more or less as a Bible for high school football, and was not only responsible for not only thousands of failed college exams due to binge watching and quoting the "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts" mantra, but it also ensured studios would try to force feed us Taylor Kitsch starring blockbusters. Texas is to high school football what Indiana is to high school basketball, so you could definitely do an Indiana high school hoops drama under the Hoosiers name. We've seen that work for Fargo to great success, for what that's worth.
They tried to ruin your childhood already with not one but TWO dreadful direct-to-video....companions (I'm not calling them sequels) to the The Sandlot. So I'm absolutely shocked nobody has waltzed into say, Nickelodeon's, offices and been like "Sandlot TV show" before that man was instantly granted a raise. The concept of kids playing baseball and making friends...which basically, really is all The Sandlot was...is rather simple, if not repetitive, but do kids really care about that type of stuff? I mean, hey if they can bring back School of Rock on Nickelodeon, I'm shocked that a watered down version of Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez hasn't made his way alongside SpongeBob.
Those Slap Shot direct to video sequels never happened! You hear me Stephen Baldwin?!?! They NEVER HAPPENED!!!!!
Ok, sorry I lost myself there. But as a huge hockey fan, I believe Slap Shot deserved a better fate. When the NHL held an exhibition game in Johnstown, PA, where the movie was based, fans proved that the movie has more than stood the test of time. You could also make this a parody of the constant "all-access" shows the NHL has pressed upon us lately, focusing on a modern-day version of the Charlestown Chiefs, making a "documentary" about a struggling Northeast hockey team, similar to The Office but with more swearing. Oh yeah, if you were to do this, it would have to be an HBO series.
Days of Thunder
America loves NASCAR, there's no doubt about it. But other than this and Talladega Nights, there really haven't been too many NASCAR-related films/media. I, for one, have always felt it'd be great to see Danny McBride as a fiery NASCAR driver, a role that it feels like he was born to play after watching four season of Eastbound and Down. Put Kenny Powers in a firesuit and you got yourself a series worth watching, quite frankly. And since he's sadly no longer with us on The Walking Dead (RIP Merle...or maybe not you were kind of a jerk), it'd be really fun to see McBride swap paint with Michael Rooker, who has reprised his role of Rowdy Burns already in a video game based on the film.
What other sports movies should get the TV treatment? Or, what should they stay away from entirely? Sound off in the comments!
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.
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