Paramount Pictures recently announced that it is developing a pilot for a TV series based on the 1990 romance classic Ghost. This isn’t really as strange an idea as it might sound. Showrunners Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, both former Writers and Producers of the well-crafted Fringe, bring strong pedigrees to the Ghost table. Goldsman, an Oscar winner for writing the film A Beautiful Mind, also gave us the adaptations for several popular novels including A Time to Kill, The Da Vinci Code, Cinderella Man and I, Robot. Pinkner hails from the world of eerie episodic television, including Alias, Lost, and back in the day, Early Edition.
It will be interesting to see how a self-contained plot like that of the movie Ghost will be adapted for episodic television, but if you’re going to create a TV series based on a movie about supernatural romance, there probably isn’t a better team out there to make it happen. Then again, maybe creating a TV series based on a hit movie from the 1980s or -90s isn’t as difficult as it seems. Hm. Let’s see…
Ghostbusters – If there is a Ghost TV series, why not also Ghostbusters? The 1984 film already had a TV series adaptation, but that was animated with primarily children as the target audience. With the special effects to power Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, this could be a fun series that picks up after the events of the two films. Dream Cast: Ashton Kutcher as Peter Venkman, Hamish Linklater as Ray Stantz, Adam Scott as Egon, Jordan Peele as Winston, and Kaley Cuoco as Janine.
The Mighty Ducks - This story of a rag-tag hockey team with a ne’er-do-well coach could combine the sentimentality of Glee and the fortitude of Friday Night Lights, with maybe just a pinch of Bad News Bears thrown in. Dream Cast: James Marsen as Bombay, Elizabeth Banks as Casey
The Matrix - The story might be more easily understood if audiences had more time to process its plot twists and intricacies. The series could combine all the threads and elements of the films, as well as the video games. Dream Cast: Zachary Quinto as Neo, Keegan-Michael Key as Morpheus
Wall Street - With the current economy, audiences may take pleasure in having a character like Gordon Gekko to hate. Dream Cast: Charlie Sheen (who played protégé Bud Fox in the original movie) as Gordon, Michael B. Jordan as Bud.
Red Dawn - Perfect for the CW, this “what if” series presents what might happen if the U.S. were ever invaded – followed by an insurrection led by a feisty group of survivalist high schoolers. Dream Cast: Liam James, Chloe Moretz, Jake T. Austin, Leo Howard, Moises Arias, Rico Rodriguez, Sasha Pieterse, Trevor Gagnon
Labyrinth - With the popularity of programs like Once Upon a Time, Grimm, the new BBCA offering Atlantis, and especially Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, this 1986 cult classic is ripe for the reboot. Sarah searches for her infant brother who has been stolen by Jareth, the Goblin King. She encounters all kinds of bizarre and interesting creatures on her journey through the eponymous maze. Dream Cast: David Bowie was the original Goblin King and he could no doubt still bring his own special magic to the role of Jareth.
Big - This classic tale of a little boy who wishes he were “big” and wakes up in the body of a grown man could work as a TV series. The novelty of being an adult has long since worn off. Josh and Billy now spend their days looking for the original wish machine, or some other method for turning Josh back. Complications arise as Billy grows older and pursues his own interests – especially girls. Dream Cast: If Paul Rudd would do a TV series, I think this would be a great fit.
Finally everybody’s favorite 80s flick, The Goonies. The original band of misfit treasure hunters included then-child stars Sean Astin, Martha Plimpton and Josh Brolin, as well as ubiquitous 80s second banana Corey Feldman. The modern reboot could have the eponymous troup scouring the Oregon Coast for other fabled lost artifacts, all while navigating the pitfalls of childhood and adolescence. A sort of Freaks and Geeks meets Degrassi. Dream Cast: like the movie original, the TV show could launch the careers of several future adult stars.
Ghost the TV series will be something to look forward to for next year. Until then, there is always Ghost, the Musical. No, seriously.
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