10 Films That Should Be Made Into Netflix Series
With news of Spike Lee’s classic “She’s Gotta Have It” being turned into a Netflix original series, it got us thinking about other movies that we would love to see come to the small screen. From “Brown Sugar” to “School Daze,” here are 10 movies we think would make amazing Netflix series.
Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington knocked our collective socks off in the gritty and surprising film “Training Day.” Chronicling 24 hours in the life of LAPD rookie officer Jake Hoyt (Hawke) as he rides along with veteran narcotics detective Alonzo Harris (Washington), “Training Day” was as harsh as it was memorable. And let’s not forget how chilling it was to see Washington play such a raw, scary character for once. We hear through the grapevine that a television series is in fact in the works (with Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer spearheading), but we include “Training Day” anyway because we truly hope this isn’t a TV concept that ends up stalling.
Waiting To Exhale
When a scorned Angela Bassett took her cheating hubby’s clothes, dumped them into his car and lit a match, the sense of pride we felt was palpable. We could taste it and it tasted good. The strong, complex, confident and relatable women featured in “Waiting To Exhale” really caught our attention back in 1995. They showed the beauty of female friendship during the roughest, most emotionally turbulent times, so it sort of astounds us that “Waiting To Exhale” was never parlayed into a television series. Trust us, we would definitely watch.
There is no doubt that “Shaft” holds a strange place in cinematic history. While there is no denying that the casting of Richard Roundtree was a a milestone for African-American actors on TV, we could spend days debating how “Shaft” conceptualized and portrayed race, how white executives’ own ignorance informed some of the decisions made and so on. But we saw a glimmer of hope in Samuel L. Jackson’s interpretation of the character and would be rather curious to see how a “Shaft” mini-series would do.
Many times when movies are adapted for television, the era in which they are portrayed is moved to present times. But if we had our way, we would want “Cooley High” to just stay where it is. This unique coming-of-age film follows high school best friends Preach and Cochise in 1960s Chicago and paints a particularly vivid picture of life in the inner city through its good times and its bad. While we’ve heard rumblings that a film remake could be in the works (Common, DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz are currently attached to the project), we would be more curious to see if a quality series could be created.
Similar to other blaxploitation films like “Shaft,” “Foxy Brown” is incredibly flawed in terms of its depiction of African-Americans and women. And while there is no doubt that some major revisions would need to be made in order to make this a viable television show, we think those alterations can be made and a show with a strong, sexy, assertive and smart female protagonist hellbent on a little vengeance would be a amazing. Think “Revenge,” only better and edgier. We’d be down for that.
How much would we absolutely love to see a TV adaptation of “School Daze”? Like more than we could possibly describe. Based partially on Spike Lee’s own experiences at Morehouse College, “School Daze” takes place over the course of Homecoming weekend at HBCU Mission College. Issues such as colorism, hair texture and more are all addressed, providing a relatable and honest portrait of part of college life for students of color. But instead of just focusing on Homecoming weekend, why not take a look at an entire school year?
A Low Down Dirty Shame
This might be a random one to toss in the mix, but we stand by our belief that taking “A Low Down Dirty Shame” to the small screen might actually be an amazing idea. Part action, part love triangle, part crime thriller. While the original movie was nothing to write home about, we do think it had all the ingredients to be something special with a touch more effort and a healthier budget.
Paid In Full
There are plenty of crime dramas out there. Probably a few too many. But we’d be willing to see one more come to fruition if it meant that we could see a television version of “Paid In full” come to life.
So here’s the deal with “Brown Sugar.” We loved the movie so much that there is a part of us that feels like we shouldn’t even attempt to mess with the original. What if the TV version is atrocious and tarnishes the legacy of Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan’s film? But, forever the optimists, we would like to think that with the right casting and an exceptional writing staff perhaps an enjoyable romantic television series based on one of our favorite films could actually work.
Fast and the Furious
There is no denying that actually doing a great job on a television version of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise would require some MAJOR budgets. Between all the action, stunts, incredible chase sequences and scene-stealing special effects, a “Fast and Furious” TV show would probably be one of the most expensive in history. But just think about it: If the show were able to strike the right balance between stunning visuals and quality storytelling then any network would have a serious powerhouse on their hands.