The always growing film company known as Lionsgate recently released its Q4 financial numbers, which normally would be a matter that only investors and shareholders care about. However, during a recent conference call with Wall Street types, Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer briefly touched upon some future plans for the companies TV production division. It seems that LG is looking into turning a few of its more popular film franchises into TV programs.
The biggest item on the table is a small screen adaptation of the Sylvester Stallone starring action series The Expendables. The original film made nearly 300 million dollars worldwide on a roughly 80 million dollar production budget, so needless to say the studio was pretty happy. The movie featured an all star team of action stars including Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren and several more. The sequel hits theaters this August, and expands the cast with such heavy hitters as Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bruce Willis (who made cameos in the first one), Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The next property in talks for a show is the action film Red, which starred Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman as a team of retired black-ops agents who are forced to get back to work after an attempt on Willis' character's life.
The final film discussed by Feltheimer was the popular teen dance series Step Up. Whatever your opinion of the quality of the series, each of the three produced films has managed to at least multiply it's budget worldwide, and sell tons of copies on video. The fourth film entitled Step Up Revolution opens in theaters on July 27th.
Would you tune in for an Expendables TV series? Do you think Red or Step Up would be good picks for shows, or would they crash and burn?