Does TV work at the movies?

Kapi-Mana News - - AT THE MOVIES -

Find­ing an au­di­ence has never been a prob­lem for the most fa­mous sci-fi show to cross­over. Star Trek only ran for three short sea­sons from 1966 to 1969, but spawned seven big screen adap­ta­tions star­ring the show’s orig­i­nal cast, in­clud­ing the most fa­mous and em­i­nently quotable, The Wrath of Khan.

The first of them, Star Trek: The Movie (1981), made mag­nif­i­cent use of its new medium and much big­ger bud­get than the show ever had, with a suit­ably bizarre story about the Voy­ager probe re­turn­ing to our galaxy as a beau­ti­ful bald alien.

Fan power, which brought Star Trek back from TV death, was also har­nessed by direc­tor Rob Thomas and ac­tor Kristen Bell to re­vive their show Veron­ica Mars.

When the pair cre­ated a Kick­starter to fund the project, the fans ap­proved, pro­vid­ing the pro­duc­tion with a US$ 5.7 mil­lion bud­get from more than 90,000 back­ers.

They had ini­tially asked for $200,000.

Mak­ing the move to the big screen is such a popular idea that even the mega popular Game of Thrones might do it. Au­thor Ge­orge RR Martin has been talk­ing about turn­ing the tele­vi­sion show based on his books into a film – to cap­ture the cin­e­matic scope of the big fi­nale per­haps?

Whether Martin will get his way re­mains to be seen.

But what’s cer­tain is there has al­ways been an au­di­ence for tele­vi­sion at the movies.

The Doc­tor was def­i­nitely ‘in’ in 1965 when Dr Who’s time trav­el­ling mas­ter­mind went from black and white telly to Tech­ni­colour Timelord.

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