Combing through all the announcements of new TV shows (Battlestar Galactica, Grease), many which may or may not see the light of day, I was thinking about projects I don’t see anyone talking about but that I would like to see happen, whether they’re feasible in terms of personalities, money, or reality.
I say personalities because creators often can’t get along, refusing to continue working together and robbing all of us of great entertainment. Of course, I’ve been in a similar situation and I can completely understand how impossible it is to work with someone you don’t like. But it’s a damn shame.
With music, sometimes successful groups break up, or they limp on minus key members. So how about a new Simon & Garfunkel album? Paul Simon has retired from touring but is still producing good music and Art is still around as well. And The Police? Sting has been avoiding writing new music, producing endless live albums or reworkings of his songs, seemingly unable to find his mojo. Maybe he needs the aggravation of dealing with the other Andy Sumner and Stewart Copeland to wake up his creativity. And I’d love to hear a new Spice Girls album. They can get along well enough to tour, but can they put together new music? I have pretty much all their solo albums and know how creative they truly are (they were not studio puppets), so there’s no reason artistically they couldn’t put together 10 songs. Even if they all worked separately and put their solo tracks together?
How about more TV reunions or remakes? Don’t groan. “Freaks and Geeks” would be perfect to bring back, all of the high school characters now grow and perhaps with children or adult problems to deal with now. You’ve got a powerhouse cast, mostly unknowns back then and now stars, including Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Busy Phillips, Lizzy Caplan, and Ben Foster.
And I’d love to see the Facts of Life women back together properly, as their original characters, but all these years later. And not for Hallmark, please. How about Frasier and Niles back together after the death of their father? Although Kelsey Grammar would be a perfect candidate to play an American version of Doc Martin, perhaps in an isolated Maine coastal village. And finally, I’d like to see “Friday Night Dinner” adapted in the U.S. I don’t see why it’s so difficult? I don’t think you even have to change the scripts apart from some words here and there.
For theatre, I’d love to see John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” adapted for stage. His estate seems to have tight control over his properties, most likely due to his instructions, but there is so much potential for adapting or continuing his creations.
For film, I’d love to see Warner Brothers utilize Jack Kirby’s “Fourth World” creations in either a series of films or for television. Mister Miracle is hot right now, although difficult to translate as currently done in the comics. But that property along with The New Gods, Forever People, and a tie-in with Jimmy Olsen, could be supplemented with other Kirby creations for DC including Newsboy Legion, Boy Commandos, The Demon, OMAC, and Kamandi to create an entire sub-universe.
And while we’re at it, why not “The Warlord” by Mike Grell?
Those are the ones off the top of my head. What dream projects would you like to see?