Amazon Studios is currently in the process of developing a variety of films and TV shows from MGM’s library, since its $8.5 Billion acquisition of the company last year. These titles include popular titles such as Barbershop, Legally Blonde, Stargate, The Magnificent Seven, Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, Robocop, and Fame. With Poltergiest rumored to possibly be added to the list of reboots and spin offs.
While some of the titles will be geared towards film, others are being developed for television, with some receiving both movie and TV adaptations.
According to Deadline, Amazon Studios is actively been developing a Barbershop TV series, as well as another Fame TV series and on for The Magnificent Seven. There is also a movie adaptation of the beloved Legally Blonde in the works. The studio is said to be discussing both movie and TV installments for Stargate and Robocop.
In addition to these well-known titles, Amazon Studios is also developing a Thomas Crown Affair movie and a potential animated Pink Panther movie. While there is no official news about the upcoming Poltergeist project, it is rumored to be a possibility.
This is not the first many of these projects have been rebooted or given a series spin off. In 2005 there was a short-lived Barbershop: The Series that debuted on the Showtime. It is based upon the Marc Brown–created characters from his Barbershop franchise and was developed for television by screenwriter John Ridley. It starred Omar Gooding as Calvin Palmer, Jr., and was produced by George Tillman, Jr., Robert Teitel, and Ice Cube. It only lasted for only one season, however.
The Robocop sci-fi action franchise, which centers around a Detroit police officer who is transformed into a cyborg after being fatally wounded in the line of duty, first premiered in 1987. It has since been followed by three sequels, with a TV adaptation also in the works.
Legally Blonde, which is based on the novel of the same name, premiered in 2001, starring Reese Witherspoon as a Harvard Law student. The franchise has since been expanded with two sequels and a spin-off pilot for a potential series. Legally Blonde 3, co-written by Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor, has been in development for several years.
The Stargate military sci-fi franchise, which spans film and TV, began in 1994 with a movie directed by Roland Emmerich. It has since been expanded with two more films, a TV series, an animated series, and a web series.
(Originally read on Deadline)
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