Richard Castle would think it’s so cool that his Derrick Storm novels are being developed into an ABC TV series. This is such a meta move, and Castle absolutely loves it when life imitates art—or in his case, when death imitates art.
According to Deadline, “Castle” creator Andrew Marlowe and wife Terri Miller are executive producing the Derrick Storm series. “Missing” creator Gregory Poirier will also executive produce and pen the script.
Derrick Storm is the mystery novel character that made Richard Castle a very rich man. Storm is a private investigator who gets recruited by a sexy CIA agent named Clara Strike after impressing her with his detective skills. The Storm novels keep readers on the edges of their seats with conspiracies, drug rings, faked deaths, human trafficking, international assassins, CIA moles, and mercenaries.
You can purchase Derrick Storm novels, novellas, and graphic novels written by “Richard Castle.” The ghostwritten cross-media tie-ins feature titles like “Storm Front,” “Storm Warning,” “A Brewing Storm,” and “Storm Season.” With this extensive source material, it shouldn’t be too hard to bring Storm to the small screen. But here’s an interesting question: Will Storm ever get shadowed by a crime writer doing research?
If ABC’s meta experiment works, perhaps we’ll see a whole slew of new TV series based on the writings of our favorite characters. Let’s take a look at some of these literary works we think would make for intriguing TV.
1. “The Simpsons” – “The Troll Twins of Underbridge Academy”
This novel aimed at fans of “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” is the creation of Homer, Bart, Professor Frink, Patty, Moe, and Principal Skinner. However, author Neil Gaiman steals their story by having it published with his name on the cover.
The book is about the adventures of teen troll siblings who attend a magical school located underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Their creature classmates include pixies, gargoyles, and elves. It’s easy to see a TV series based on this book getting picked up by The CW or The Disney Channel, and trolls could be the supernatural beings that become the next big thing.
2. “New Girl” – “Z is for Zombie”
If trolls do catch on, they could face some tough competition from the undead. “The Walking Dead” will soon be joined by Syfy’s “Z Nation” and The CW’s “iZombie,” and other networks are probably scrambling to find promising projects that feature everyone’s favorite brain-eating creatures. FOX doesn’t have to look far to find its zombie series—”New Girl” character Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) has already penned a rotten zombie romance.
His book is set in Washington, and there’s a love triangle that includes supernatural beings. However, it’s not “Twilight”—his female protagonist must choose between a werewolf and a zombie. There’s also a zombie zoo, a town called Rhythm City, and a word search with no words. Wouldn’t you love to see how that translates to TV?
3. “Grimm” – Nick’s Collection of Books About Wessen
TV viewers love being swept away to days of yore when castles peppered the countryside and mysterious magical creatures walked among man. This medieval obsession is evidenced by the popularity of “Outlander” and “Game of Thrones.”
On “Grimm,” we get glimpses of what life was like for the medieval ancestors of Nick Burkhardt. However, we only visit the past through the pages of his extensive collection of books about Wessen. How cool would it be to actually see his ancestors in action? Audiences would probably eat up a show set long ago that combines monster hunting with an epic love story. It could be a mash-up of what we already see on NBC’s “Grimm” and the romantic tales of princes, princesses, and heroes from “Grimms’ Fairy Tales.”
4. “Mad Men” – “The Punishment of X-4″ and “The Woman Who Laid an Egg and Then Gave it Away”
Ken Cosgrove’s sci-fi short stories sound super-intriguing, so it’s a shame that we only get to hear their synopses and short excerpts from them on “Mad Men.” To keep his day job, Cosgrove has had to write under the nom de plumes Ben Hargrove and Dave Algonquin.
Cosgrove’s “The Punishment of X-4″ is the story of a robot that does maintenance on a bridge between two planets. One day the robot removes a bolt from the bridge, and the thousands of human commuters on it die. Cosgrove has also penned a tale about an egg-laying woman and “The Man with the Miniature Orchestra,” a story about a depressed man living in the country (it’s obviously based on Pete Campbell). A line from the story reads, “It was killing him with its silence and loneliness, making everything ordinary too beautiful to bear.” After it’s revealed that the world we see on “Mad Men” is just the creation of Dave Algonquin, Maybe AMC will replace the show with a “Twilight Zone”-style series based on Cosgrove’s sci-fi stories.
5. “Mike and Molly” – Molly’s Works-in-Progress
“Mike and Molly” got a major reboot when Molly abruptly quit her teaching career to pursue her dream of writing a novel. She started out wanting to write “contemporary crime fiction,” but when Mike peeked at her computer, he read a racy excerpt from an erotic novel about a guy and a girl having sex in front of a bay window so “the entire town could see her surrender.”
CBS could try combining Molly’s ideas. To do this, the network would simply have to turn “Fifty Shades of Grey” into a crime procedural. Just make Christian Grey a detective with a kinky side, and watch the series become a huge hit.
Which of these TV literary works would you like to see turned into a series?
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