10 Hit Films That Went From The Big Screen To The Small Screen

10 Hit Films That Went From The Big Screen To The Small Screen ...

The big screen has given audiences around the world stories to cherish for a lifetime. However, there have been occasions when the two hours used to tell a story weren't enough, and viewers were left wanting more. This is when the small screen intervenes and allows viewers to get more of the characters they love the most.

From TV series with a long runtime to series that lasted only a few episodes, television has retold the stories of some of the most well-known actors in cinematic history. Whether adding new details to the scene or recounting some of the most memorable scenes, they have all delivered what viewers wanted.

Blade (1998)

Blade is a Marvel Comics superhero that is half-vampire and half-human. Blade is followed as he attempts to save people from evil vampires. It was released in 1998, with Wesley Snipes as the lead.

The superhero story took over the small screen in 2006 for one season. It follows Krista Starr (Jill Wagner) as she learns her brother has been murdered. During her journey, she meets Blade, played by Sticky Fingaz.

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is at the top of everyone's list when it comes to horror films. In 1973, viewers were stunned when Regan MacNeil was possessed by a mysterious being. Her mother seeks the help of two priests, and that is when the demon strikes in the most horrific ways.

Geena Davis played Regan MacNeil, a grown-up lady whose family is being controlled by the same entity that possessed her years earlier. This time, the entity is after her daughter, taunting Regan. The program ran for two seasons, with Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera as the priests.

Fame (1980)

Fame chronicled the lives of a group of teenagers who wanted to attend the New York High School of Performing Arts in 1980. As they strive to succeed and pursue dancing careers, they also have to deal with other issues outside of school.

Not long after the film's release, a TV show was released under the same name. Some members of the original cast also joined the series, including Debbie Allen, Gene Anthony Ray, and Lee Curreri. The program ran for six seasons, and can now be streamed on Apple TV.

Fargo (1996)

Frances Mcdormand's name has been in everyone's mouth for the last two Academy Awards she's been nominated for (2018 and 2021). In 1997, she won an award for her role as a police chief investigating a homicide in Fargo, where she was hired by a car salesman to kidnap his own wife.

The television series with the same name launched in 2014 and takes place in the same fictional world. Fargo (the series) has big industry names in its cast, like Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, and Bob Odenkirk, and is adding Joe Keery to season 5.

Friday Night Lights (2004)

Friday Night Lights, a television and football show, was first broadcast in 2006 and lasted five seasons. The program follows Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his family as they guide a high school team through the season. The pressure is on for the town of Dillon, Texas, where all people care about is winning the state championship.

What many do not know is that the program is based on H. G. Bissinger's 1990 nonfiction book and a 2004 film with the same name. In the film, viewers follow the story of Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) as he inspires the team after their star tailback is injured. Connie Britton played Sharon Gaines in both adaptations and Tami Taylor on the show.

Highlander (1986)

Highlander was a play that splintered between mortals, immortals, and life-long conflicts. As they investigate the remains of an ancient weapon found in a vehicle in New York, Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and Clancy Brown were all actors in the original cast.

Highlander: The Series premiered six years after the film. Duncan MacLeod is a 400-year-old astrologer who puts his life - which may be ended if his head is cut off - at danger in order to save beings from danger. Adrian Paul led the series for six seasons.

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, a story about a struggling inventor who accidentally shrinks his and his neighbors' children to the size of a quarter-inch, was followed by Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.

The two film sequels werent the only ways in which the story continued to expand. In 1997, Disney premiered the series, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, which lasted three seasons. The show follows the father's original experiment that went wrong and several new ones he attempts.

The Karate Kid (1984)

After they saw him in The Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) became popular among people. The film chronicles how this martial arts master trains Daniel (Ralph Macchio) as he is being bullied by karate students from the Cobra Kai dojo.

Cobra Kai, a show that pits Daniel and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) against each other once more, was premiered on Netflix in 2018. Lawrence is looking for redemption and he does so by reopening the dojo in September 2022.

A League Of Their Own (1992)

A League of Their Own is at the top of the list for female empowerment films. Davis herself envisioned the film to transform everything for women, and while there are still some ways to go, it told the story of talented women who played in baseball leagues while the men fought during World War II.

A League of Their Own was premiered by Prime Video as they traveled around the country. The show is LGBTQ+ friendly and has a talented cast that includes Abbi Jacobson, DArcy Carden, Chante Adams, and Kelly McCormack.

Taken (2008)

Taken is a story of vengeance in which Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) uses his special skill set to find his daughter, who was kidnapped during her vacation to Europe. Throughout the film, he uncovers leads and fights bad guys to bring his daughter home. There have been two sequels since 2012.

Bryan Mills was created as a television character played by Clive Standen in 2017. Mills specializes on rescue missions and collaborates with Christina Hart (Jennifer Beals) as they take on assignments to rescue people, possessions, or international secrets.