The trend of turning hit movies into TV shows continues, with CBS putting a new series based on the hit 1981 movie Stripes into development. The show hails from Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger, three of the five creators of the hit IFC series The Whitest Kids U'Know. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movie, is on board to executive produce and direct the pilot episode, although it remains unclear if any of the stars of the original movie, like Bill Murray, will have any involvement in the series.
Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger are writing the pilot script, which centers on a rebellious outsider who finds his calling when he joins the U.S. Army, and must lead a ragtag group of Army misfits. The original movie featured a talented supporting cast including John Candy, Harold Ramis, P.J. Soles, Sean Young, John Larroquette, Warren Oates, John Diehl and Judge Reinhold. The original movie took in an impressive $85.2 million at the box office, which may not seem by much by today's standards, but in 1981, it was the fifth highest-grossing movie of the year, behind Arthur ($95.4 million), Superman II ($108.1 million), On Golden Pond ($119.2 million) and Raiders of the Lost Ark ($212.2 million). When adjusted for inflation, Stripes' box office haul would equate to $273.9 million today.
Ivan Reitman will executive produce through his Montecito Pictures company, alongside Moore, Brown and Cregger. Julius Goldy Sharpe and Tom Pollock are also set to executive producer, with Amie Karp and Peter Fried producing. Sony Pictures Television will produce in association with CBS Television Studios. No production schedule has been given yet, and it remains to be seen when this pilot episode will go into production, or if CBS is eyeing a straight-to-series order. Even if Stripes doesn't make it through to series, it marks the latest in a growing TV trend of movies being adapted for the small screen.
CBS is certainly no stranger to this movie-to-TV adaptation, with shows such as Limitless, Training Day and Rush Hour, although all of those shows proved to be quite short-lived. The network also isn't afraid to bring any of their classic programs back from the dead, as we reported last week that the network is working on a Magnum P.I. reboot, with a new reboot of S.W.A.T. currently airing on CBS in its first season. A few years ago, CBS also tried to revive the Beverly Hills Cop franchise with a new TV series that was ordered to pilot, which brought back Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, but the network passed on issuing a series order.
While CBS is putting this show together, several other networks and streaming services are tapping into classic movies for new TV programming. We reported just yesterday that a new Galaxy Quest TV series will be a direct sequel to the original 1999 movie, while we also reported in September that the Underworld movie series is heading to the small screen. There are also TV shows based on hit movies such as Heathers, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Jumper, Scanners, Tremors, Big Hero 6, Jawbreaker, True Lies, The Blair Witch Project and The Lord of the Rings in various stages of development. Deadline broke the news of this Stripes TV series.