As HBO’s crowds out the cinemas this week, takes a look at some other television shows that made the leap to the big screen.
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Entourage, that oily celebration of the Hollywood ‘‘playa’’, is back and this time it’s smearing its mucky paws all over the big screen.
As HBO’s so-called answer to Sex in The City – another show which swapped Pradas for Nikes and leapt to the big screen – it’s nothing new to give successful shows a second bite of the entertainment cherry.
The first show to try it was proto-police procedural Dragnet, which was transformed for the big screens in 1954.
Cinema audiences responded to the change of medium and the film pulled in more than US$4 million – big bucks in those days.
But it is sci-fi shows that have really dominated the crossover box office.
Back in 1965, Dr Who walked out of the black and white world of television as William Hartnell, and into glorious big screen Technicolor as Peter Cushing, as only the regenerating Doctor can.
Dr Who and the Daleks was the first of two films to pit Cushing’s Doctor against his dastardly arch nemeses.
The second, and possibly more famous was Daleks – Invasion Earth 2050 AD (1969), which even had a cinema release in New Zealand.
In 1998, keen to give his groundbreaking conspiracy and aliens show The X Files more scope, creator Chris Carter took the show to the big screen.
The X Files: Fight The Future was a huge success, set up as it was to appeal not just to fans but to people who had never seen the show too.
A second X Files film, I Want To Believe, was released in 2008, six
The X Files years after cancelled.
It was intended to spawn a franchise of stand- alone films but failed to find an audience.
Now Carter is returning to the small screen with a mini-series slated for 2016.