I’m a huge fan of classic TV shows like “The West Wing,” “Roseanne,” and “Parks and Recreation.”
And I’m also a big fan of movies like “Logan,” “The Hurt Locker,” and even the underrated “Wizard of Oz.”
But none of those shows, movies, or TV shows have ever been made into a big-budget feature film.
In fact, the only feature film made by a major studio has been a very, very small one, “Lucky Star,” released in 1984.
That film was a pretty low-budget affair, starring Michael Douglas and Linda Hamilton as two teenage twins who are stranded on a deserted planet with only one thing on their minds: a little girl named Zane.
But the film had a huge impact on the world of big-screen movie making, and in 2016, Universal Pictures picked up the rights to the script and director’s rights.
It’s a risky move for a studio that has historically struggled to get big-scale adaptations of their classic properties off the ground.
The studio has struggled to bring back the success of movies such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Wuthering Heights,” and the “Barry Lyndon” series to theaters in the past, and Universal is now going the opposite direction with “Lonesome Dove.”
In the years since “Lone Survivor,” Universal Pictures has done just that with “The Adventures of Superman: Man of Steel,” “Batman Begins,” and its adaptation of the “The Amazing Spider-Man” comics series.
And the studio is hoping that “Lions” can help it get back on its feet.
But it’s also a risky gamble, one that could backfire in a big way for Universal, since it is a remake of a beloved comic book character that Universal’s co-chair, Chris Morgan, is no stranger to doing.
“I think it’s a very risky project,” Morgan told THR.
“It’s very much like a sequel to ‘Lonesomestad,’ which I loved very much, but it’s got to be very careful with what it does.
It has to be true to the spirit of the original, and there’s a real need to be faithful to the original.
It is the original in this case.
And if that means that you have to do a reboot, it’s not worth it.”
The first movie “Lion” was released in 1989, but Warner Bros. pulled the plug on it in 2002, after Warner Bros.’
Warner Bros./Time Warner was bought by Disney.
“Lives are important, and I’m sure there are people who are going to see that,” Morgan said.
“But I don’t think it makes sense to do it again.”
That didn’t stop Universal from pursuing “Lights Out,” a project that would’ve focused on a group of teenage superheroes who, during a battle with aliens, had to work together to save humanity from extinction.
The project never got off the drawing board, and now Universal is back with the sequel “Livin’ Large,” starring Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner.
But this time, the studio plans to have the two stars play two different characters, which means the filmmakers will be working from a script by Michael Arndt and David Zucker, who wrote the original “Lakes of Wrath” script.
The actors’ performances will come from “Livermore” actor and director Scott Wilson, who previously helmed the film, as well as “Luther” director Zack Snyder.
And Universal is looking to get a director’s cut version of the film made.
“The film’s going to have some great dialogue, and it’s going with some great actors,” Morgan explained.
“So we’ll be able to have a look at what was there, what wasn’t there, and maybe we’ll get a bit of a peek at what’s in the pipeline.”
The project is being handled by the Warner Bros.-Time Warner studio, which will produce.
Universal is not producing “Lands of Wonder,” but it is working with Warner Bros to adapt the script.
And with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” just a year away from releasing, Universal has a huge amount of content to work with for the next five years.
“We’ve been so fortunate to be able work with the team that’s brought us this amazing slate of movies and TV shows, and we’ve been able to be so incredibly patient with them,” Morgan says.
“This was the perfect opportunity to start fresh.
We really just needed to go with a script and a producer and be ready to go.”