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reaction shot logoWelcome to another instalment of our regular section in which members of the HeyUGuys family discuss a variety of topics concerning all things cinema.

We’ll pick a topic inspired by what’s happening in the world of film and invite our writers to voice their opinions, an invitation we extend to you. If you want to submit your own answer, or respond to an answer from one of our writers, then please do so.

With 21 Jump St proving to be a resounding critical and commercial success both here and over the Atlantic, it’s clear that there is still an audience for big-screen remakes of old TV shows.

We asked our team if there were any other cult TV offerings which could benefit from a cinematic makeover.

Kenji Lloyd

Despite being cancelled after only 18 episodes, Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks is one of my all-time favourites; a true instant classic. You can’t argue with a cast including Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Gruber Allen, and an endless list of excellent cameos.

Because it was cut short so soon, leaving plenty that could still be told, it’s ripe for the cinematic treatment, but only if all the original cast were used. They were all young (but also old) enough to look pretty much exactly how they still look today, leaving the possibility open to pick up twenty years later.

Since the show was set in 1980/’81 (though aired in ’99/2000), it could be fun to see the freaks and geeks brought into the new millennium and all that has come with it (the development of the Internet and the dot-com bubble/burst are two examples). Its genius comedy (not to mention Apatow’s involvement) would make for a brilliant film, familiar enough to have a wide appeal but distinct enough to make its mark.

Adam Lowes

There have been rumblings about a cinematic version before, but I think The Fall Guy could be a fun addition to that list of 80’s action TV remade for a big mainstream audience.

I always found the concept of a Hollywood stunt man moonlighting as a bounty hunter intriguing (I’d love to think the makers of Drive were subconsciously paying homage to this programme). It might be fun to do a contemporary take on the material, with protagonist Colt Seavers struggling to stay afloat, career-wise, with the advent of digital technology rendering his main profession near obsolete.

Maybe it could be a little more hard-edged than the TV series (with the light humour intact) and Owen Wilson could play Seavers with Jamie Bell as rookie stuntman and younger sidekick, Howie Munson.


Jon Lyus

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What amounts to a sci-fi updating of The Odyssey starring Barry Gibb, Ulysses 31 was an essential part of a child’s afternoon once home from school and is an obvious combination of recent, though dubious, box-office successes like Transformers and Clash of the Titans.

Cast Sam Rockwell as Ulysses and employ a placid fox as his hair and you’re away. There’s a kid, an irritating robot, endless opportunities for CG overload and the reductive and tenuous use of Greek myths. It’s a winner!

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