Movie to TV adaptions are a rising trend at the moment with movies like Minority Report, Big, Limitless, Hitch and 12 Monkeys, among others, all currently being adapted for the small screen. Frequency, the 2000 sci-fi time hopping thriller starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, is the latest to be adapted. As per THR NBC has issued a script plus penalty commitment for the adaption, with Supernatural show runner Jeremy Carver set to write the pilot as well as produce along with Toby Emmerich, the writer of the original movie.
In case you, like me, had forgotten the premise of the movie:
A rare atmospheric phenomenon allows a New York City firefighter to communicate with his son 30 years in the future via HAM radio. The son uses this opportunity to warn the father of his impending death in a warehouse fire, and manages to save his life. However, what he does not realize is that changing history has triggered a new set of tragic events, including the murder of his mother. The two men must now work together, 30 years apart, to find the murderer before he strikes so that they can change history–again.
The new series is said to focus on a NYPD detective, instead of a firefighter, who connects with his son 30 years into the future. The two will work together to prevent tragic events from occurring while simultaneously working to repair their own damaged relationship.
This is the third time travel related adaption currently in the works along with the afore-mentioned Minority Report and 12 Monkeys – so expect numerous time travel shenanigans in the future. Which one will pull it off the best? Who’ll rely the most on time travel tropes? There can be only one winner!
As a bit of an aside, I honestly don’t know how I feel about this trend though. I understand why it’s the latest in-thing, it’s cost effective for the various studios to make use of IPs that would otherwise just be sitting there and cheaper to rework those into TV series instead of creating new properties; they also have built-in name recognition and an existing fan base from the movies. But if they don’t get it right those fans will be extremely vocal when voicing their displeasure, while my main concern is for lazy story-of-the-week storytelling. The movies these series are based on have already set the bar for what the shows should be like, while I don’t expect them to match the movies when it comes to things like budgets or star power, they can’t come in too much lower story wise without the risk of alienating their viewers. As always though it’ll only be fair to judge these shows once we actually get to see them. How do you feel about it?
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Last Updated: November 14, 2014