When the telly ver­sion’s bet­ter than the movie

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

SMAL­LVILLE

The teen se­ries was smarter than ex­pected, and re­vived the Su­per­man brand as a vi­able com­mod­ity, only for Su­per­man Re­turns to floun­der.

BUFFY THE VAM­PIRE SLAYER

The flop movie was the in­spi­ra­tion for the TV show that be­came a pop-cul­ture sen­sa­tion. It was at one stage set to be­come the first-ever movie-to-show-to-movie re­make.

BLADE

The woe­ful Blade: Trin­ity made ex­pec­ta­tions help­fully low for the not-bad Blade TV se­ries.

KAREN SISCO

The un­de­servedly short-lived spin-off of Out of Sight was a wor­thy suc­ces­sor to Stephen Soder­berg’s best film.

STAR­GATE

Though beloved al­most ex­clu­sively by sci-fi fa­nat­ics, it’s been a gen­uine hit, with a near decade-long run and a spin-off se­ries of its own, Star­gate At­lantis.

COM­ING SOON ...

STAR WARS

The Clone Wars an­i­mated se­ries is hotly an­tic­i­pated, mainly be­cause of the in­volve­ment of the team be­hind cult car­toon Samu­rai Jack (and the lim­ited non-in­volve­ment of Ge­orge Lu­cas).

PI­RATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

This is a per­fect ex­am­ple of a fran­chise that still won’t die, de­spite di­min­ish­ing artis­tic re­turns. A TV show is in pro­duc­tion for next year. It will re­port­edly deal with a teenage stow­away Jack Spar­row (shud­der), who dreams of be­com­ing a pi­rate cap­tain.

THANK YOU FOR SMOK­ING

A se­ries is in the works chron­i­cling the pro­fes­sional and per­sonal tri­als of Nick Nay­lor, the to­bacco PR guru im­mor­talised by Aaron Eck­hart

Se­rial thriller: Smal­lville (left) was smarter than ex­pected Star­gate (above) was a hit with sci-fi fans, last­ing al­most 10 years

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.