As 21 Jump Street storms into theaters, it has set the new standard for how to take a classic TV show and bring it to the big screen (check out our review). Normally, the success rate for such endeavors is quite small. Let’s take a look back at others who have tried to achieve film success from a small screen start and missed the mark. Here are our Top 10 Failed TV-to-Movie Adaptations.
10. Aeon Flux
We had high hopes for the MTV smash coming to the big screen with Charlize Theron in the lead role. Then, we saw it. Wasted opportunity!
9. Wild Wild West
Will Smith can carry most movies to success. With Wild Wild West, even his golden touch couldn’t save the film from being an utter mess. Kevin Kline looked uncomfortable throughout the film and Kenneth Branagh, always a stellar actor, was never believable as a madman Southern gent.
8. Land of the Lost
Will Ferrell, we love you, but Land of the Lost? There is too much to say about this horrible film to elaborate here. But overall, let’s just say this: You forgot the magic feeling of the original show when you made your way to the big screen!
7. Lost in Space
Lost in Space is further proof that throwing a lot of money at a TV-to-film effort is not enough to make movie magic. William Hurt led the cast and as the family Robinson made their journey through space, the audience was just as misplaced as the characters onscreen.
6. The Honeymooners
Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps in a film based on the 1950s classic? Seriously? We still have trouble imagining how this film got green lit. Both actors are fantastic talents, but were failed miserably by a terrible story and an even worse execution by filmmakers.
5. The Flintstones
Bringing a cartoon to the live action big screen is always a risky endeavor. Although the worst of the lot lies at our number one spot, The Flintstones failed on every level. When the B-52s appeared, we just about ran out of the theater.
4. The Avengers
No, not the Marvel superhero conglomerate that is coming this summer. This bomb featured Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman as the iconic characters established on TV in the 1960s. The film featured bad acting by two outstanding talents and a storyline that made absolutely no sense.
3. The Dukes of Hazzard
In theory, bringing the Duke brothers to the big screen could work. But, as they did it with Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson, it was pure garbage.
2. The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender is another film that had great promise and a huge fan base drooling for a big screen adaptation. Then M. Night Shyamalan got his hands on it and what was seen onscreen had no resemblance to the TV show that had enthralled millions.
If they had kept it animated, perhaps a big screen Scooby-Doo would have worked. But to have the animated pooch with live actors made to look like the cartoon characters... this film was a head shaker from its opening credits. Simply… the worst. Ruh-roh!