Certain industries can be slow to embrace change. The music industry's failure to jump into the online marketplace and embrace file-sharing and streaming outlets led to its decline, and in many ways the movie industry seemed poised to make the same kinds of mistakes. It's been clear for at least a decade that we are in the middle of a new golden age of quality television, with groundbreaking shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones having staked new ground and perceived as threatening the movie industry's dominance as a form of entertainment.
In many ways, the rise of the mega-blockbuster with a budget tipping over $200 million is a way to compensate for the amount of terrific programming now available on basic and premium cable - and while the studio-owned traditional networks still attempt to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, certain shows (such as NBC's Hannibal and potentially FOX's Almost Human) are on the level of many cable series.
Still, many movie power players have delved into television with varying degrees of success. Bob and Harvey Weinstein, founders of Miramax and the Weinstein Company, are media moguls with their eyes on the horizon - and the bottom line.
They have been involved in various unscripted TV shows (notably fashion competition reality show Project Runway) and have revealed that they are looking to further develop unscripted shows as well as six new scripted shows - one of which could potentially be a TV series based on Sin City, to follow the 2014 release of Robert Rodriguez's long-awaited Sin City: A Dame To Die For.
Harvey Weinstein and TWC president David Glasser spoke to The New York Times about their various plans for television, saying:
“The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business.”
While Harvey intends to oversee a number of ambitious projects - a ten-part series called 10 Commandments, featuring directors such as Lee Daniels, Wes Craven, Ryan Coogler and Madonna; an ancient Egypt detective drama called Book of the Dead; a "martial arts-filled adventure series" intended for Netflix called Marco Polo; a 14-part version of Tolstoy's War and Peace with the BBC; a look at the later years of legendary comic team Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy called Stan and Ollie - his brother Bob Weinstein is developing a number of genre projects, many of which reflect the tastes of their Dimension Films banner.
Bob wants to develop several original series, but the ones he mentioned were based on existing properties, such a show based on Wes Craven's horror classic Scream which could air on MTV, as well as a 10-episode series version of Frank Darabont's The Mist, based on Stephen King's novella. The proposed Sin City TV show would be among these genre offerings.
The details about Sin City for television are slim, but Bob Weinstein apparently indicated that he'd like to follow the August 2014 release of A Dame To Die For with said series, and Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are supposedly involved. The sheer number of projects in development by the Weinsteins is not terribly surprising, given Harvey's stated intention to bulk up their television operation to make it “as powerful as the theatrical division.” Realistically, though, it's uncertain how many of these projects we will actually see.
Even a Sin City series, while a fun idea on paper - with the freedom of premium or basic cable offering plenty of room for the comics' creator Frank Miller's imagination to play - almost sounds like wishful thinking. The long-awaited prequel/sequel was pushed back nearly a year, presumably to allow Rodriguez the time to complete Machete Kills, but will the filmmakers use the extra time to develop a TV spin-off? Frank Miller's landmark comic book series certainly has plenty of material, and Rodriguez's hyper-noir approach would be unlike anything else on television.
What do you think? Would you be interested in a Sin City TV show? Let us know in the comments.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For arrives in theaters on August 22nd, 2014.
Source: The NY Times