From Absolutely Fabulous to Baywatch: 5 upcoming films based on TV series


Are you tired of watching TV on the small screen? Missing those old TV shows that you loved so dearly back in the day? Well, fear not! Following Dad’s Army earlier this year, and countless other adaptations from TV to film in previous years, there’s a wealth of potentially decent updates headed from small screen to silver screen over the next 12 months.

Luckily, I’m not a politician, and I don’t have to promise that any of these will actually be any good. But here’s hoping for the best!

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Out in June, the Absolutely Fabulous movie brings the irrepressible Eddie and Patsy to cinemas a whopping 24 years after the show first started on BBC 2. Since Ab Fab first aired, there have been five series, 39 episodes and 20th anniversary specials, but no movie until now. Jennifer Saunders are of course back to play their now iconic roles with Saunders on writing duties. The plot revolves around the repercussions for Eddie and Patsy after Eddie accidentally kills Kate Moss. It looks packed with celebrity cameos, but before you get too excited, remember, so was Zoolander 2.

Star Trek Beyond

Alright, so this is probably going to be a million light years away from the original TV show first broadcast in 1966, but it’s still fundamentally Star Trek. J.J. Abrams may have ditched the franchise he rebooted to head off to a galaxy far, far away, but Fast and Furious franchise director Justin Lin is now at the helm with Simon Pegg on writing duties. This will also be your last chance to see Anton Yelchin as Chekov, after the star was shockingly killed in an accident earlier in June.

David Brent: Life on the Road

You can tell me how good the American version of The Office with Steve Carell was until you’re blue in the face. To me and many others, the Office will always be David Brent. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s brilliant comic creation was last seen in the Christmas Specials of 2003. 13 years later and Brent is finally back in cinematic mockumentary Life on the Road. This promises to take awkwardness to excruciating levels as we follow everyone’s favourite chilled-out entertainer Brent as he tries to reinvent himself as a popstar. Fact.

Power Rangers

If you were a kid in the 90s, it was all about the Power Rangers; the TV show, the toys, the original movies. Sandwiched somewhere between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the dominance of Pokémon, the Power Rangers are now making a break to get back on the big screen with the likes of Bryan Cranston joining the cast as the multi-coloured Power Rangers’ mentor Zordon. The teaser poster looks ace.



Just what the world needed. More Baywatch. No really, I think we do. If you grew up thinking that Pamela Anderson in a red swimsuit was the sexiest thing since sliced bread, then get ready for the return of long, slow-motion runs down the beach. Only this time, it’s Zac Efron and the Rock who’ll be flexing their biceps in the surf, while both Anderson and David Hasselhoff return for cameos. I don’t know about you, but (altogether now) I’ll be ready!

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