What started as a trend has now turned into a full-blown phenomenon. Essentially every film ever is being turned into a TV show.
Okay so we might be a bit dramatic with that statement but it's not too far from the truth. We've already seen Fargo, Bates Motel and Hannibal, we're waiting for Scream, 12 Monkeys and Westworld and we've just heard that Minority Report, Shutter Island and Uncle Buck are on the way. And that's just a taste of what's to come.
In the week that's already seen an announcement for the upcoming small screen version of Bachelor Party, we now have news that Will Smith's absurdly successful rom-com Hitch is set to join the ever-expanding pack.
Back when everything Smith touched turned to gold, Hitch made a whopping $368 million globally and provided Smith with his first, and only, non-action hit. It focused on Smith's suave romance expert who helped men that were useless with the opposite sex.
The show is being developed by Fox as a workplace comedy that will take on issues of dating and sexual politics. It will be produced by Will Smith's production company. Interestingly, it's not the first time that it's been attempted. Back in 2007 and in 2010, the same thing was tried with two different networks but neither project came to fruition.
Given the increase in TV shows adapted from films, we expect this one to do a bit better.
But with TV often seen as the promised land for original stories, are we seeing it turn into a smaller version of the film industry, packed with sequels, remakes and reboots?