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These Cult Series became movies

13/10/2020

While films get often adapted into series, the reverse is also true. Discover the fabulous destiny of television programs that have become movie stars.

Twin Peaks

Aired on ABC in the early nineties, Twin Peaks followed Agent Dale Cooper's investigation into the death of young Laura Palmer. Between drama, thriller and low fantasy, the series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch quickly won over fans of detective shows. Then, the American filmmaker very soon decided that he wanted to adapt his creation into a film and therefore directed Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me in 1992. Retaining a large part of his original cast, notably with Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick and Sheryl Lee, the feature film also featured new stars, like David Bowie. And while that cinematic experience didn't have a sequel, the series, on the other hand, returned with a season 3 in 2017.

Star Trek

Captain Kirk, his crew, a spaceship named Enterprise, and an endless galactic journey. Star Trek's pitch was simple, yet effective. With an extremely large universe, Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi series did not remain confined to the small screen for long. With the airing of its three seasons on NBC in the late sixties, Star Trek achieved worldwide success, which spawned the development of numerous fanzines and film projects. About fifteen films were then released between 1979 and 2016, still recounting the adventures of Kirk, Spock, Leonard McCoy or even Nyota Uhura.

L'Agence tous risques

Hannibal, Faceman, Howling Man, Bad Attitude, those fantastic four made the heists in the eighties. With this group of vigilante mercenaries, The A-Team put the small screen upside down, bringing muscle and all-out action. Carried by George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz and Mister T, the series became a cult show of the time. A little forgotten in the 2000s, it nevertheless advanced to the cinema in 2010 with a film by Joe Carnahan. On this occasion, the actors of the original series did not put on their costumes again, making way for Hollywood stars such as Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper.

Starsky et Hutch

The ultimate cool comedic detective series, Starsky and Hutch won over a large audience at the end of the seventies. A blond agent, a dark-haired agent, but above all an irresistible duo of detectives who roamed the streets of Bay City riding a Ford Gran Torino. This show by William Blinn was so successful that it has become the ultimate benchmark in terms of buddy cops. The action duo made a comeback in 2004, but on the big screen this time. For this adaptation written and directed by Todd Phillips, Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul respectively gave way to Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

Downton Abbey

British through and through, Downton Abbey has become the crown jewel of TV! With no less than six seasons between 2010 and 2015 and an international success, Julian Fellowes' series has established its own historical and aristocratic atmosphere in all the salons of the world. Following the twists and turns of the Crawley family, the program revisits the beginning of the 20th century, including World War I and the Roaring Twenties. A way to rediscover the English-style history, but above all to delight in charming period costumes. Then, in 2019, Michael Engler brought the series to theaters with an eponymous film and a similar cast. An opportunity for Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith to carry on the journey a little longer.

Sex and the City

Between her colorful dresses, her golden curls and her tormented romances, Carrie Bradshaw has left her mark on TV history as a fashionista. Accompanied by her cohorts Charlotte York, Miranda Hobbes and Samantha Jones, the New York columnist, created by Darren Star, brought Sex and the City to life on HBO for six seasons. A beautiful story which then went on to the cinema, where Michael Patrick King adapted the series in two different parts, released in 2008 and 2010. The right occasion for Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall to put on their heels again.

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