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5 Movie Spin-Offs That Could Be Great TV Shows

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Over the years there have been many TV spin-off’s that have come from some of our favourite movie franchises. More recently we have had some great shows from Star Wars — The Mandalorian, Marvel — Wanda Vision and the Winter Soldier to Karate Kid — Cobra Kai and The Mighty Duck’s — Game Changer series. This got us thinking about some of the other great TV spin-offs from franchises that haven’t yet happened or haven’t even been thought off. So below are five movie franchises we think could have amazing TV spin-offs and a short plot of how they could look.

1. Kill Bill – Snake Charmer and B.B kiddo

Background

Now, this idea has already been thought of and talked about since the first film, where there was in fact a nod to this sequel. Just after Uma Thurman’s Character (The Bride/ Black Mamba/ Beatrix), Killed Copper Head (Vernita Green) in front of her four-year-old daughter Nikki (Ambrosia Kelley) she said the following; “It was not my intention to do this in front of you. For that I’m sorry. But you can take my word for it, your mother had it coming. When you grow up, if you still feel raw about it, I’ll be waiting.” Ever since this scene, there has been a calling for a Nikki revenge sequel.

Over the years there have been YouTube videos on this subject and fan art. And in a radio interview with Andy Cohen in 2019 even Quentin Tarantino reviled that ‘It’s Definitely in the Cards’ and that he has an idea of the plot. Tarantino hasn’t revealed much about plot, characters, or casting. But there has been talk of the original actress Ambrosia Kelley playing Nikki. Some of the fanfiction has nominated Zendaya for the role. But even with all this talk, nothing seems to be in production, yet. So, what if this story was a TV series instead of a film? It may even have some legs.

Our plot idea

Nikki, who goes by the name Snake Charmer, is out to revenge the death of her mother. Now in her 20’s Snake Charmer is still ‘raw’ about Black Mamba killing her mother when she was younger. She sets out to find her and action her revenge plans, but instead, she finds B.B Kiddo the daughter of her nemesis. Starting out as rivals, they soon realise that they have the same goal, as B.B Kiddo also has some unfinished business with her mother as well.

Once they start to work together to find the whereabouts of Black Mamba, they realise they make a formidable crime duo. One not too dissimilar to The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. But are they really friends or is it a case of keeping your friend close and your enemies closer? The number of twists in the kind of plotline could be endless. Bringing a new kind of villain story to our small screens which is currently slightly saturated with superheroes (not that we mind).

2. Pirates of the Caribbean – Legend of the Black Pearl

Background

Rumour has it we may be getting the 6th Pirates of the Caribbean film from Disney Studios early next year. But, as you may know, it will be minus everyone’s favourite pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. With the loss of the one true captain of the Black Pearl, maybe it’s time for the film franchise to come to an end. Instead, why not carry on the Pirates of the Caribbean world with a TV series based in the same waters. Waters just off Port Royal with a brand-new cast of likeable pirates. Ones who are chasing the dream of one day becoming as famous as the pirates onboard the Black Pearl. Keeping true to the film franchise the TV series will be a mix of comedy and action with a hint of a romantic plotline.

Our plot idea

After years of hearing stories about the legends of the Black Pearl, Jack Sparrow, Bill Turner, Elizabeth Swan, and the rest of the crew, from his uncle Joshamee Gibbs. Oil Gibbs and his best friend Tobias Chains decide to commandeer their own pirate ship and crew to try and be like the Pirates from the stories they grew up with.

But, unfortunately, they don’t seem to have much luck as they bumble their way through navigating the seas and all the monsters that live in it, and on the lands around them. They start to realise that what they are trying to achieve isn’t going to work. Especially when they’re trying to be like the pirates from the legends. But as soon as they realise who they really are the sooner they will become the best pirates on the sea’s and will understand that they no longer need to chase the adventures of their legends but conquer their own quests that lay before them.

3. Harry Potter – Tom Marvolo Riddle

Background

Everyone loves a prequel and let’s face it everyone loves a Harry Potter prequel. The ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise has kept J.K. Rowling’s magical world alive in cinemas and on our home screens for the last couple of years, with a third instalment just around the corner.

But wouldn’t it be good to keep this going with a TV series too? Particularly when the series is based on one of our all-time favourite bad guys; ‘he who should not be named.’ We managed to find a little bit more about Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort’s history in ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ and some of the other Harry Potter films. But not nearly enough to please like-minded Potterheads like us. A TV series to uncover his full background would be extremely fulfilling. There’s so much to learn from his days in Hogwarts, all the way to his rise to becoming the most feared wizards of all time.

Our plot idea

In all fairness, this one has already been mapped out by J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series of books and films. There are things we already know which could work as time makers, starting the series just before he opened the Chamber of Secrets for the first time and ending with his original encounter with Harry just after he killed his parents. Within the plotlines, we can also learn more about the Snape, Malfoy, Black, Riddle and Potter Families.

As there will be a lot to cover, this will be quite a long series; we’re talking six or seven magic-filled seasons, and boy are we ready for it!

4. Fast and the furious – Suki

Background

Ok, Ok I know what you’re thinking… The fact we already have eight films with a ninth on the way this Summer, there probably isn’t much need for a spin-off. But, I want you to cast your mind back to 2 Fast 2 Furious, the second instalment, where we first met Fast and the Furious lifers Ludicrous and Tyrese Gibson. Within the cast, there was also Devon Aoki who played Suki, a female racer, with a fully female crew. She is also a talented automotive vinyl graphics designer, with a cool and interesting personality, which intrigued a lot of viewers when the film was released in 2003.

A lot of the franchise’s fans voiced their upset about Suki not returning to the films in ‘Fast Five’ along with Tej and Roman (Ludicrous and Gibson). But, many are hoping she might turn up in the upcoming Fast and Furious female spin-off which is apparently in the works too. This could be doubtful though as Devon Aoki is currently retired from acting as she concentrates on raising her family. But maybe she will come back for a TV series all about her character?

Our plot idea

Sitting out of the racing limelight, or so it seems. Suki now runs her own car graphics company. From the front of the shop, everything looks above board, but in the back of the shop, it’s not so squeaky clean. Suki has her ear to the ground and is on top of all the goings-on within the Miami racing scene and beyond, that’s mainly because she runs of most of it. She is on top of all the deals, hustles, and street races. Not that anyone knows including her Miami Police Officer boyfriend. But will all her hard work come undone when her right-hand person goes rogue and threatens to out her secret business deals?

5. Inside Out – The College Years

Background

So, this one’s not from a franchise of sorts but still, this film would make an amazing TV series. Again, there have been speculations about a sequel, but it doesn’t seem to be coming any time soon and maybe it would work better at a series, anyway. It doesn’t even need to be the same characters from the original movie if Disney couldn’t get the same voice actors. Because within this world everyone has a Joy, Sadness, Fear and Anger. So, it could be an entirely new cast, but it would be better with Riley and her thoughts leading the story.

Our plot idea

Riley Head’s off to college and this time we see the inner workings of Riley as well as her new friends, love interests and lecturers. This might be one of the shortest plot lines on this list, but this series really could have legs and could even run past her college years into her adult life of dating, job hunting and family building. Let’s just say this one is a working title.


So, there you have it, five movie franchises with five new TV series spin-offs that we can’t wait to binge on.

How did we do? If you have any ideas of films that could have good spin-offs let us know in the comment section below.


What could a Harry Potter TV adaptation learn from other shows? Find out HERE.

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9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies

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There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.

1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)

Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.

2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.

3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)

You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.

4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.

5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)

Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.

6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)

I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.

7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)

This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.

8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)

We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.

9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.


That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.

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