Sci-Fi Channel recently announced that they were developing a TV movie with Will Smith's production company called Unfinished Business, in which a cop with a brain injury starts hearing the voices of the recently deceased, who ask him to finish their, uh, "business." The movie will be a back-door pilot, meaning that Sci-Fi has the option to turn it into a regular television series, but we can't think of a more boring, oft-used plot device. Haven't these people watched Ghost Whisperer? Medium? Raines? (Okay, that last one is unfair -- nobody watched it.) Anyway, we'd much rather see a series based on one of Will Smith's numerous movies, most of which were blockbusters at the box office, and would likely deliver smash ratings on TV. Here's a few that we think would make for interesting television.
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Movie Version: Con artist Paul worms his way into the lives of a wealthy, art-dealing couple by pretending to be their son's gay Harvard classmate.
TV Version: After doing five years in the state pen, Paul comes out a changed man, and vows to use his con-artist skills for good, not evil. Roaming from town to town, he insinuates himself into situations where the powerful are bullying the weak, and dons prosthetic makeup, outrageous accents and crazy costumes to manipulate the situation to his advantage. Kevin Bacon has a recurring role in flashbacks as Paul's jailhouse mentor, a master of disguise.
Men in Black (1997)
Movie Version: New York police detective James Edwards discovers the existence of aliens while working a case, and is drafted into a secret government agency to clean up their messes.
TV Version: In this police procedural, J and his new female partner V (Vanessa Hudgens) join the MIB's new "close encounters" unit and investigate a new alien-related case each week, as long as it relates to sex or children. From alien sex crimes to alien child abuse to alien child pornography, J and V attempt to maintain some sort of sexual tension while investigating interspecies rape and xenopedophilia. Call it Law & Order: UFO.
I, Robot (2004)
Movie Version: In the year 2035, cybernetically enhanced Detective Del Spooner investigates the murder of a roboticist by his own robot creation.
TV Version: After he's cleared of all charges against him, humanoid robot Sonny is given an artificial skin to make him look a lot like Alan Tudyk, and Spooner endorses him to join the police force. But instead of receiving a full download of police academy training, Sonny accidentally receives a full download of the works of Shakespeare, becoming the force's first Elizabethan-era police detective and partner to Det. Spooner, to whom his syntax -- "Halt, ye purveyor of unsavory intoxicants!" -- is a huge annoyance.
Movie Version: Professional dating consultant Alex "Hitch" Hitchens can help any guy land any girl, but when he meets Sara, the girl of his dreams, he can't seem to help himself.
TV Version: Cupid creator Rob Thomas re-tools his series yet again, this time making it about a lovable doofus (Zachary Levi) who thinks he's Will Smith in Hitch, and believes that he has to help 500 couples hook up before God will let him be black again.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Movie Version: Medical supply salesman Chris Gardner loses everything -- including his wife -- when a sure-fire scheme goes south, but he pursues an unpaid internship in order to provide for his son in the long term.
TV Version: Homeless and destitute, Gardner and his karate-loving son travel across the country searching for their missing wife and mother, taking unpaid internships wherever they can, and helping those in need with their martial arts skills. Call it: Kung-Fu: The Happyness Continues.
I Am Legend (2007)
Movie Version: Virologist Robert Neville is the last man in New York City -- possibly the world -- who has not been killed by a virus or mutated into a vampiric monstrosity by it, so he searches for a cure and survivors as he fights madness.
TV Version: In this new take on Real World: Manhattan, we see what happens when six survivors and one mutant hemocyte are picked to live in an apartment, and find out what happens when people stop being polite, and the vampire gets hungry.
Seven Pounds (2008)
Movie Version: Repentant over the deaths of seven people in a car accident he caused, Tim Thomas sets off on a quest to help seven people in desperate situations.
TV Version: With the help of British cyberneticists, Thomas becomes the 7 Million Pound Man, with new robot eyes and an unstoppable artificial heart, and he continues his charitable donations, giving money or assistance to good people who need help. As he continues to donate organs and replace them with robot parts, Thomas becomes an unstoppable fighting force of one, and he starts taking on bigger and bigger opponents, including a town of corrupt police officers, a polluting weapons laboratory and a militia with stolen nuclear technology. Eventually, he meets his nemesis, a man who donates his organs to needy criminals and can match him in cybernetic strength, and the pair begin a season-long game of one-upsmanship.
What Will Smith movie would you like to see as a TV series? No fair saying Wild Wild West.
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