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
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
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
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
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
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.
No Time To Die – Review
No Time To Die is the 25th instalment in the official James Bond series. It’s the VERY long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Spectre. The 6-year gap between the two films is only matched by the same gap between Timothy Dalton’s last outing in 1989’s Licence To Kill and Pierce Brosnan’s debut in 1995’s Goldeneye. Here’s our review of No Time To Die.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the film, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
Of course, there are mitigating factors in that enormous gap. Namely COVID. Which made No Time To Die the first major film to delay its release due to the pandemic. Although, this film has had a difficult gestation irrespective of the global situation in the last 18 months. As soon as Spectre was released the speculation over Daniel Craig’s future in the role began. With him initially suggesting he would rather slash his own wrists than play the iconic spy again. He did a mea culpa on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show in August 2017, where he confirmed he would appear as Bond for a fifth and final time. The original director and writer, Danny Boyle and John Hodge, left the project a year later over creative differences. Cory Joji Fukunaga took over as director. While Bond script veterans Robert Wade and Neil Purvis took charge of the screenplay – with a sprinkling of magic from Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Originally slated for release in April 2020, at long last, we finally get to see Daniel Craig’s denouement as 007. His portrayal of Bond has been very much in keeping with the character of Ian Fleming’s original novels. His performances have certainly followed the dramatic lineage of Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton. Rather than the lighter portrayals by Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. Yet his Bond has displayed a vulnerability only really demonstrated with any plausibility by George Lazenby in his solitary outing as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The deference to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is presented in stark relief throughout this 2h43min epic. Making this the longest Bond film in the series. As this was the first film I’ve seen at the cinema since before the pandemic, I was already excited before I even sat down. As a massive James Bond fan as well, I was close to apoplexy! I felt a tangible shiver go down my spine as the iconic gun barrel sequence appeared before we see James cruising around Italy in the classic DB5 with Madeleine Swann at his side. This anticipation was clearly felt by other cinema-goers. They have made No Time To Die break the UK box office record for the biggest opening weekend. It took almost £26m, breaking the record previously held by Skyfall.
I’m not going to spoil the plot for those who’ve not seen it. I had made a conscious decision to avoid spoilers before I went.
A step up?
This film is another shot in the arm for those who see Craig as the definitive Bond. This was aided by a refocusing of the Bond canon after the main tropes of the series were stretched to breaking point by the invisible cars and melting ice palaces of Die Another Day. And then stretched still further by Madonna’s cameo as a fencing instructor. Daniel Craig was given leeway to truly regenerate James Bond for the 21st Century. The stripped-back nature of Casino Royale, without most of the supporting characters that have been a staple of the series like Q and Moneypenny. Gave him licence (pardon the pun) to explore the deepest and darkest recesses of the Bond psyche. Some well-drawn female leads and villains really allowed Craig’s Bond to spar with them with depth and genuine emotion.
That exploration continues and grows in No Time To Die. We get to see an ageing, truly world-weary Bond, whose past he appears unable to escape. This leaves him in a state of almost constant angst. Paradoxically though, we also see him truly relaxed at times. In a way I can’t recall ever seeing James Bond in any of his previous cinematic outings.
The issue with that exploration is that a number of characters then have their screen time cut. Moneypenny is reduced to little more than a cameo. And Remi Malek’s Safin is almost secondary as he features in the opening moments as his story is told, but then disappears for what seemed like an eternity. He of course reappears but he almost seems a mild irritation within the plot and merely a conduit to allow us to see the climax of Daniel Craig’s Bond era. It’s a disappointing underuse of a terrific actor. One with a captivating screen presence, who could have been one of the most menacing Bond villains of all time. That said, the influence of his dastardly but highly sophisticated plan is felt by all of the main protagonists. Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld continues to wreak his havoc with malevolent glee from his cell. He again revels in the chaos of his twisted sibling rivalry with Bond.
Lea Seydoux is wonderful again as Dr Madeleine Swann, picking up where she left off in Spectre and giving Bond as good as he gets in every way imaginable.
There are new characters who definitely cut through. Ana De Armas is utterly charming in her relatively brief time on-screen as Paloma, while Lashana Lynch takes no nonsense from Bond as Nomi. She also gives us a potential indicator as to the future direction of the franchise. Which has been the subject of much discussion in all quarters. That debate has even made its way into the political sphere with even Boris Johnson weighing in on what gender the next actor to play 007 should be.
Hans Zimmer’s score is classic Hans Zimmer, adding power and bombast to the usual mix of stunning scenery and brilliantly choreographed stunts. He brilliantly weaves nods to previous entries in the Bond musical tapestry throughout his score. While his cues are always thunderous, they never overpower the action on screen, but do add a sonic rumble that I don’t think has been heard in a Bond score for quite some time. I found Fukunaga’s direction a bit mixed, with some of the cinematography unnecessarily showy. Some of the tracking shots almost gave me motion sickness while some (admittedly beautifully composed) shots of the scenery seemed to have made the edit purely so as whoever the drone operator was could demonstrate their skills.
The film is much too long, although at no point did I check my watch. It’s not that any of the plot points are superfluous, more that the pacing is a little slow in places. Some of the dialogue feels cliched and clunky, making what is a great story feel a tad generic. Which doesn’t do anyone justice. However, there were some excellent jokes, and I laughed out loud several times. You don’t have to be a 007 super fan to get some of the self-referential humour that they seem to enjoy sprinkling throughout the film.
Billie Eilish’s theme song is a worthy addition to the collection and certainly sits comfortably within the top half of the ‘Bond Theme Chart’. It’s definitely more memorable and evocative than Sam Smith’s ‘Writing On The Wall’ for Spectre. Her voice trembles at times as you can almost feel she recognises the significance of singing the theme for Daniel Craig’s final appearance in the franchise.
It was also very pleasing to see that this film has moved with the times and reflects the world of 2021 with its portrayal of women. Every single female character had a genuine purpose and important role within the plot. While of course, the female actors playing those roles are all irrefutably glamorous and attractive. There was genuine respect and no objectification of women.
I came out of the screening with mixed emotions. Glad to be back in the cinema on one hand, sad that Daniel Craig’s stint ordering Martini’s was over on the other. I was pleased that such a good climax had been created to bring this era of Bond to a close, and all its story arcs had been brought to conclusions. I’m also excited and apprehensive in equal measure for the future of such an iconic film series. But I was disappointed with some of the characters not getting the necessary screen-time to truly develop their characters. Surprisingly, I was almost tearful at the final few moments, especially as the credits rolled.
Overall, this is a loving homage to the James Bond series, past and present. It’s a solid if unspectacular film in its own right, but the performances of Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, as well as the Bond history it wraps itself in, elevate it beyond that.
It’s not Craig’s best Bond film, as Skyfall is almost untouchable in my opinion, but it does bring closure to his tenure in the tuxedo in a manner that should please Bond fans across the board. It also tantalises us as to what the 6th age of Bond will look like. Let the intense speculation begin!
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10
Thank you for reading our review of James Bond No Time To Die. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
Check out who we think could be the next James Bond and why HERE.
Read IMDB information about No Time To Die HERE.
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