TV Shows That May (Or May Not) Be Coming to a Theater Near You

We’re living in an age where just because a TV show gets canceled — or is about to be canceled — that doesn’t mean it’s dead.

Shows can take the DirecTV route (Friday Night Lights, Damages), the canceled-but-resurrected road (Breaking In) or the ever-popular, hardly ever working online petition chance.

None of those is more popular than the latest craze — the big-screen adaptation. Whenever a show ends these days, be it by cancellation or just old age, the immediate reaction is to say, “Let’s make a movie.” It’s worked for some (Sex and the City), failed horribly for others (The A-Team) and left about a dozen shows that have floated the movie idea stuck in some kind of limbo where fans don’t know whether they’re actually dead or are just gone for a while.

A look at five shows rumored to be in some kind of development for a movie:

sure, the cast says they wanna do it. but what about franklin -- has anyone asked him if he's available?

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

The latest: The most talked-about, Internet-freezing rumor mill got its biggest boost in the last month when Jason Bateman and Will Arnett both said the movie and new episodes are coming — a promise we’ve heard a million times from this crew. Then came the news that Netflix will air newly produced episodes in 2013 leading up to a movie later that year. And the Bluth fans rejoiced with trepidation, if that’s even possible.

The issues: This has been going on for, what, almost six years now? Ron Howard brought this on himself by uttering the last line of the show — “Maybe a movie!” — and we haven’t stopped searching for rumors about a possible big-screen adaptation since. But this is a very busy cast that has announced the start of this production about 6,943 times by now. It’s gotten to the point where until it’s up there on the screen, hard core fans just won’t believe it’s happening.

Odds it happens: 10-1.

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS

band meeting!

The latest: It’s been a while since we’ve heard from everyone’s favorite New Zealand folk rockers, and we didn’t think we’d ever see them again after their Simpsons appearance in 2010. Then Bret McKenzie let it slip last week that he and his music partner Jemaine Clement are looking for ways to make it happen.

The issues: The guys quit their HBO TV show because of the grind and said they weren’t coming up with good or funny songs. Sooooo … what makes us think they have now? Much of the hysterical first season lived off the band’s career set list, but the songs in the second season weren’t nearly as good. That could be a problem. Other than that, this could be a pretty easy movie to make. It shouldn’t cost much money, Bret and Jemaine are still friends and it seems like everyone wants to do it.

Odds it happens: 5-1. Good odds, because really, we need things like this in our life:

ENTOURAGE

The latest: Not much since the show ended in September after eight seasons. Back then show executive producer Mark Wahlberg said he’s working on the movie — and we haven’t heard much since.

The issues: Doesn’t seem like much other than convincing a studio to pay for it. The cast has said it wants it, creator Doug Ellin wants it and Wahlberg is a go. Not a lot of heat on the cast since the show ended, so there aren’t many commitments to work around. Lloyd looks like he’s the only one with steady work as the guidance counselor on Suburgatory.

Odds it happens: 7-2.

PARTY DOWN

i'd much rather a parks and rec movie

The latest: Adam Scott, the de facto spokesman for the potential movie, said in November there is a production company willing to make a movie out of the low-rated, cult sitcom on Starz. While he didn’t name the company, give any details or go so far as to say when the movie would start shooting, why get bogged down in details?

The issues: No one watched this show. No. One. (Except me.) It’s found a cult niche in the pop culture world, but getting anyone out to the theaters to watch this will be tough and will take a marketing genius. On the bright side, the cast seems to be all for it and even appeared (mostly) together on an episode of Children’s Hospital over the summer.

Odds it happens: 20-1, as long as the actors work for scale, it takes a week to shoot and only costs about $1 million to make.

24

The latest: Kiefer Sutherland is no dummy. As an executive producer of the TV show, he’ll cash in big-time if the real-time action show ever gets turned into a movie. So he’s always willing to pump its prospects up, and in October, he said the script is just about ready. Yeah. And I wrote it.

Issues: The longer this one gestates, the longer its shot is to hit the cineplex. The only one talking about the production is Sutherland, who’ll be very rich when it happens and can’t be trusted. No one liked the last three seasons of the show, so why would we like the movie? Sutherland will be on his death bed talking about how the movie is coming the next year.

Odds it happens: 200-1, generously. Jack Bauer is gone, gone, gone.

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