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  • Eight Films That Have Been Turned into Successful TV Shows

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     Over the past five years or so, television has changed drastically; interesting stories and captivating plots are no longer exclusive to the movie world. In fact, so big is the TV industry right now, that the most unlikely of films are now being adapted into TV shows…

    WESTWORLD

    Movie: Westworld (1973)

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    With incredible performances all round and a star studded cast that includes Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins, Westworld dives deep into questioning artificial intelligence, humanity and other heavy issues. The story tells of a Western-themed amusement park filled with androids that entertain guests, but begin to form minds of their own. With Michael Crichton – who brought us Jurassic Park – behind it what could go wrong?

    LETHAL WEAPON

    Movie: Lethal Weapon (1987)

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    The TV adaption of 80s and 90s favourite, Lethal Weapon, follows the same two heroes – Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh – as they solve crimes in this buddy cop show. Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans, who play Riggs and Murtaugh, respectively share some good chemistry, which drives good comedic moments. It’s a nice show if you’ve some time to burn.

    RUSH HOUR

    Movie: Rush Hour (1998)

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    East meets West, with Justin Hires playing rule bending L.A. cop, James Carter, and Jon Foo playing straight arrow cop from China, Jonathan Lee, who are partnered up to solve crimes in L.A. While it’s almost the same beat for beat as Lethal Weapon, the chemistry isn’t as strong here – plus, nothing can come close to Jackie Chan’s charisma in the original.

    ASH VS EVIL DEAD

    Movie: Evil Dead (1981), Army of Darkness (1992)

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    Bruce Campbell brings Ashley ‘Ash’ J. Williams back to life as funny and charismatic as ever, as he fights through hordes of the undead and the demons of the Necronomicon. It’s fun, gory and flat out crazy sometimes, but that’s part of its charm.

    DAMIEN

    Movie: The Omen (1976)

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    Remember that creepy kid from The Omen? Well he’s all grown up and has gone back home to embrace his past, and become, well, the antichrist. With twists and turns galore and plenty of references to the movie, it’s a great binge-watch for horror fans.

    SCREAM

    Movie: Scream (1996)

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    From one of the biggest names in slasher flicks from the 90’s, Scream the series follows the residents of the fictional town of Lakewood and the horrors they go through as a murderer runs rampant killing them in a death costume dubbed Ghostface.

    BATES MOTEL

    Movie: Psycho (1960)

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    In Bates Motel, we get to follow the origin story of Norman Bates and his mother Norma, as he spirals downward into madness to become the man we know from Psycho. With great performances from Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga who play Norman and Norma Bates respectively, it’s a guaranteed nail biter.

    HANNIBAL

    Movie: Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001), Red Dragon (2002)

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    Hannibal follows behavior analyst Will Graham – played by Hugh Dancy –as he gets into the minds of murderers and psychopaths. His biggest challenge, however, comes when he is assigned to psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter – played by Mads Mikkelsen. It’s a must watch, but you’ll need a strong stomach for some of the scenes and it might make you rethink your diet.

    THE EXORCIST

    Movie: The Exorcist (1973)

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    Exorcism a tried (or tired) and tested formula; you know the story. Woman seeks help from her local priest to help her daughter who she thinks is possessed. But The Exorcist is spooky at every turn and will give you the creeps. Plus, Geena Davis stars as the mother.

    TWELVE MONKEYS

    Movie: Twelve Monkeys (1995)

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    The movie that gave Brad Pitt his first Oscar nomination is still considered one of the most influential sci-fi films of the 90’s and so a TV adaptation was always going to be on the cards. Aaron Stanford plays James Cole as a man sent back in time from a post-apocalyptic world to stop a deadly plague from spreading by finding the source.

    LIMITLESS

    Movie: Limitless (2011)

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    Continuing on from the events of the movie,  Limitless follows a man with a boring life and with nothing to live for, until he meets an old friend who gives him a pill that makes the user reach their full potential; with a cameo by Bradley Cooper himself, it’s a fun show that has action and comedy thrown into the mix.
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    By Omar Yousry

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