When the telly version’s better than the movie
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.
The woeful Blade: Trinity made expectations helpfully low for the not-bad Blade TV series.
The undeservedly short-lived spin-off of Out of Sight was a worthy successor to Stephen Soderberg’s best film.
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 ...
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