Just because a movie was outstanding, does that mean a TV series based on that movie will be terrific as well?
That's the question facing production company Anonymous Content and studio Universal Cable Productions, which are developing a TV series based on the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The movie, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, regularly shows up on lists of the best films so far of the 21st century.
It's also what I like to call a "secret" science fiction film -- a movie that is not necessarily marketed as sci-fi, but that very much incorporates or is based on genre elements. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which deals with technology that people can use to completely erase selected memories, not only meets that criteria but is also one of the best sci-fi movies of the last 25 years as well.
With that in mind, and with the movie being a modern classic, is a TV show a good idea? There's not even a pilot script yet, so we can't say how the premise could be extended into an ongoing series. In the movie, Winslet and Carrey played a couple who decide to erase themselves from each other's memories after their relationship falls apart. Would the show introduce a new client each week for the Lacuna, Inc. memory-erasing company or go in a new direction?
None of the movie's principal creators, including Gondry, producer Steve Golin and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, are involved in the potential series, and we can't imagine any of the cast (which also included Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson and Elijah Wood) returning either. But reboots are all the rage right now, both of movie and TV properties, so I guess we're going to see more beloved films like this migrate to the small screen as well.
Do you think a TV series based on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could work? Or should TV content providers stick to original ideas instead of repackaging stories from older movies or shows?
(via The Hollywood Reporter)