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January 21 2005

Minear hopes for Wonderfalls movie. Tells Sci Fi Wire "I know it's something [series co-creator] Bryan Fuller's thought about". He also mentions that they had to switch some of the songs on the DVD due to cost.

Yuh know, Simon, I seem to remember Tim (I hope) saying he can't imagine it being made into a movie. I could be just recalling something from my other worlds, ahem, but I must track that down. (Darn, so far I can't find the reference. Hours pass . . . uh, Allyson to the rescue of my assets. Much thankings.)

[ edited by Drifter on 2005-01-22 03:56 ]
The song switching thing had to be done on the Roswell DVD releases as well if i remember correctly.

I think a Wonderfalls movie is wishful thinking to be honest. Anyone who is familiar with my comments on here knows that i never say never when it comes to television and movies happening but i do think that this would be a very remote possibility indeed.
I agree it's a remote possibility right now, but if Serenity is a roaring success, I can see there being a lot more films being made from failed TV series'. Similar to the way old TV shows are being turned into big budget films, eg. Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch etc..
I don't know Brob1, i think Wonderfalls has much less chance of going to a movie version than your other examples.

Charlie's Angels, Starsky and Hutch and other similar movies had massive cult followings from successful old television shows and Firefly/Serenity at least had Joss Whedon's name attached to it. Wonderfalls has neither of those two advantages.

There have been quite a few cancelled television series over the years, such as Brimstone, Now and Again and American Gothic, that i would love to see be turned into a movie but without any longterm success on television or a big name behind them i can't see them having any more chance than Wonderfalls.
Stranger things have happened... but I won't hold my breath!
Yeah I really don't see how you could make this into a movie.
It was at Comic Con, Drifter. Bryan hoped for a movie, Tim said he didn't think it would work as a movie. I don't think he's holding out hope for it, I think he's just wishing Fuller success. But then, I don't live in his head so grain of salt me.
I don't see why you couldn't make it into a movie. I think it would have a fun Amelie type feel to it. I believe it could be done and be a great movie as well.
I think I would be a little bitter if this got put into a movie before Buffy or Angel, but I don't see the likelihood of any of these series being made into a movie at this point, so it's not something I can take seriously just yet.
I have been meaning to ask if anybody knows whether there will be a region 2 release of the DVD?
I don't reckon it's at all likely to get a R2 set, it hasn't even been shown on TV yet. If you've got a region free player the R1 set isn't expensive, I got mine for only 17.99 from here.

I just don't see how the show would work in a movie format, I'd go and see it, but I don't reckon the idea of the show lends itself to a 2 hour movie.
I don't see how the fact it was a failed TV series first makes a difference. If Fuller was to write a good script based on the concept, then someone would buy it. The fact the TV series only had a small audience shouldn't make a difference because most movies don't have any previous audience.

If he wrote it, they would come.

And I can see it working as a movie. As per all my recent posts, I'd go so far as to say I'd write it if someone paid me :). I loved the show.
Gothic said:

The song switching thing had to be done on the Roswell DVD releases as well if i remember correctly.

Song switching happens with most music-heavy TV shows. Nearly everything on The WB would suffer from music switches because their shows are so pop music-heavy. ('cept for Buffy 'cause it didn't employ popular expensive bands for the most part and could afford the few it did. And Angel had barely any soundtrack, the score was more than adequate). I know this has happened with Felicity, Dawson's Creek, and I believe Everwood as well. La Femme Nikita...even on just the two-episode promotional disc UPN mailed out for Jake 2.0, a mere month or two after the series was canceled, they had to replace music...I'm trying to remember more examples.

American Gothic

They did talk about an American Gothic film. Getting Gary Cole back in the lead as Sheriff Buck, he's ready and willing if the deal gets worked out. Check out this article from April 2004--http://www.moviehole.net/news/3561.html. Very encouraging, I think this might really happen. Too bad they'll have to replace Caleb with someone other than Lucas Black, but since it's going to be a re-telling of the first season in some sense, they'll need a young actor again.
Yep, music switching on DVDs is common place, I'm a little surprised that Wonderfalls had to do it, I thought shows had started to put that in contracts that let them use the music in the TV show in the first place, to avoid having to add new music.

One of the most recent examples I can think of is Married With Children which has had a year gap between the release of season 2 and 3 because they had to secure rights to the theme music, which they couldn't, so the 3rd season has new theme music, this is a huge change, and I'm still not sure if I really want to watch Married with Children without it's classic theme.

Malcolm in the Middle season 2 has also been held up, season 1 came out years ago, yet music rights have delayed future releases.

I'm just glad Buffy and Angel never went for big name musical acts, imagine how different those shows would seem if their theme music was changed, it just wouldn't feel right.

Though I can understand the artists wanting to make a little money, I really think it's all gone mad when they ask for so much that the studios would rather go back and rescore than payup.

[ edited by Ghost Spike on 2005-01-21 20:39 ]
Kris, you just made my day!

American Gothic was a truly amazing tv series and deserved so much better than to be cancelled after just one season. This movie is fantastic news, especially as it seems fairly certain to be happening.

The one regret i have is that if the show does return to television and continue the movie then it will be a replacement for the original show rather than a continuation. I just hope they can find a kid who can play the role of Caleb with half the ability that Lucas Black managed.

Either way, still great news!
Personally I want to see Bobby Hobbes, Darien Fawkes, The Chief, The Keeper and Eberts on the big screen. But I'll settle for an Invisble Man TV movie.
Simon, if you are talking about the latest version of The Invisible Man didn't it start out as a TV movie? I seem to remember that the first "episode" of the show was shown on one of the Sky movie channels.
I think it was a two hour pilot, wasn't it?
A Wonderfalls movie would be awsomwe! I can't wait fot the DVD!
Don't know why, but I just can't really see it working as a movie. Firefly, on the other hand... :)
I'm guessing the movie possibility has been brought up b/c of the DVD release; in other words, if the DVD does well, then a movie's a possibility. The one problem is that Joss had written a script for Serenity before the DVD of Firefly started selling so well, and Universal (the studio) were interested in working with Joss even before the DVD came out -- interested in his fanbase and unique, um, vision.

I dunno. It seems really unlikely. It all depends on whether or not the creator has a definite vision for a movie and whether it could be made cheaply enough (say $20-30 million) so that the risk is not too great for a movie studio to take a chance on.

I will admit that I didn't really like the series that much.
"I will admit that I didn't really like the series that much." - dottikin

You ARE talking about Wonderfalls, right? Because I agree with you and we are really in a small minority here. But on the off-chance that you could have meant Firefly? I'm afraid we would have to resort to fisticuffs (or swords or pistols, your choice...).
American Gothic
They did talk about an American Gothic film. Getting Gary Cole back in the lead as Sheriff Buck, he's ready and willing if the deal gets worked out. Check out this article from April 2004--http://www.moviehole.net/news/3561.html. Very encouraging, I think this might really happen. Too bad they'll have to replace Caleb with someone other than Lucas Black, but since it's going to be a re-telling of the first season in some sense, they'll need a young actor again.


This is indeed excellent news, though the fact that it's a story from April 2004 and we've heard nothing new since isn't entriely encouraging. At this point I'd just be happy with a dvd release. Though a continuation would be excellent, replacing Lucas Black would be a tough task.

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