SCI FI CLASSIC VOTED BEST TV TO FILM ADAPTATION
Futuristic blockbuster Star Trek made a light-year leap from TV to the big screen in 2009 and today it has been crowned king of TV series to feature film adaptations by film fans.
To celebrate the release of The A-Team, LOVEFiLM, Europe’s largest subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the internet and sending DVDs by post, asked over 2,000 film buffs to vote for their favourite flick based on an existing TV show. J.J. Abrams 2009 remake of the cult sci-fi classic beamed into first place with 30 per cent of the vote.
Coming in at number two is Michael Bay’s Transformers, which was unleashed on the public in 2007. The CGI-heavy interpretation highlighted the leaps and bounds made in animation compared to its 1984 hand-illustrated namesake – advances that gave it the edge in the LOVEFiLM list with 18 per cent of the week.
More animation and a healthy dose of crude language, South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut comes crashing into third place (10 per cent). Trey Parker’s original series hit our television screens back in 1999, but two years later the feature length version left us wondering – will Kenny ever actually die?
Jak sie masz! Kazakhstan’s favourite reporter Borat is representing investigative journalism at number four in the list (eight per cent) after comedian Sacha Baron Cohen introduced the controversial character to our television screens in 2004. Following Borat and with seven per cent is the world’s creepiest relatives The Addams Family whose feature film incarnation followed on from an original 1964 series.
Matt Groening’s distinctive yellow-skinned all-American family The Simpsons achieved even further worldwide notoriety in 2007 with the release of the The Simpsons Movie, which catapulted Homer, Bart and Spider Pig onto the silver screen after 20 years on our TVs and earned them sixth place in our list with six per cent of the vote.
A generation of young women grew up with Carrie Bradshaw’s unique view of sex and fashion during Sex and the City’s six-year TV run, but whilst watching the 2008 big-screen remake, we got to thinking – could this have ranked higher in the LOVEFiLM poll? Same goes for 1998’s The X-Files which, after nearly ten years scaring us before bedtime, hit cinemas in a big-budget feature. The truth, if it is indeed out there, is that these two films took seventh (four per cent) and eighth (three per cent) place respectively.
Rounding off the list of all-time TV to film favourites are two retro classics from the noughties. Starsky and Hutch, which first showed its flares and aviators in the 70s made a comeback in 2004 with Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller and pulled in two per cent of all votes.
Cruising into tenth place (one per cent) was Miami Vice, which after an initial run on our televisions from 1984, took its pastel shirts and slip-on loafers to cinemas in 2006.
The Top Ten TV to Film Adaptations were:
- Star Trek (2009) – 30%
- Transformers (2007) – 18%
- South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) – 10%
- Borat (2006) – 8%
- The Addams Family (1991) – 7%
- The Simpsons Movie (2007) – 6%
- Sex & The City (2008) – 4%
- The X-Files (1998) – 3%
- Starsky & Hutch (2004) – 2%
- 10. Miami Vice (2006) – 1%
Other – 11%
Helen Cowley, Editor at LOVEFiLM commented:
“Inspired by the forthcoming release of The A-Team, the all-new feature-length version of the 80s hit show, it got us thinking- what is the best TV to film adaption? It’s great to see a selection of classic TV gold being brought to the big screen, but there really is no beating the all-conquering Star Trek.”
“LOVEFiLM has over 67,000 titles, both original box set series and feature-length remakes available to rent by post or Watch Online instantly – so you’ll be able to draw your own comparisons and enjoy your favourites all over again.”