Yesterday, Summit Entertainment (the folks behind Twilight) announced plans to adapt the 2009 feature film Push into a television series. Summit will be pairing with E1 Entertainment on the production and David Hayter, the screenwriter behind Watchmen, The Scorpion King, X-Men, and X2, is writing the pilot episode of the series.
According to the official press release, “The television series will be an extension of the film, a science fiction thriller, centered on people with paranormal powers who band together to take down a corrupt government agency.” The movie featured Chris Evans, Djimon Honsou, Camilla Belle, and Dakota Fanning.
If you’ll recall, Push didn’t receive very good reviews (Screen Rant head honcho Vic Holtreman gave it two out of five stars) nor was it a very big hit at the box office, earning only $48 million worldwide (on a $38 million production budget, who knows on the marketing expenses). Despite the film’s problems however, the majority of critics argued that Push had a pretty interesting premise. Perhaps developing the property into a TV series could be a good way to flesh out some of the more interesting material that didn’t come through in the film.
An interesting side effect of Push becoming a possible TV show is what it may mean for NBC’s long-running drama, Heroes. When Push first came out, people immediately compared it to Heroes. Now that it’s being turned into a TV series, I wouldn’t be surprised if these comparisons start up again. In fact, if the TV version of Push becomes a success, is it too much to wonder if it might not knock the long-suffering franchise off the air (assuming of course that it doesn’t get canceled before then)?
Personally, I’m pretty skeptical of movie franchises making the jump to the small screen. However, when it’s a movie that doesn’t have a particularly loyal following, the potential tends to outweigh the risk. What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing a Push TV show?