Favorite Films That Inspired Spin-offs
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The Dead Zone (1983)
Director: David Cronenberg
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Dewhurst and Nicholas Campbell
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.
SPIN OFF: TV series 'The Dead Zone' (2002-2007)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Based on the novel 'La Planète des singes' by Pierre Boulle
Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly, Linda Harrison and Woodrow Parfrey
Astronaut Taylor crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist.
'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' (1970)
'Escape from the Planet of the Apes' (1971)
'Conquest of the Planet of the Apes' (1972)
'Battle for the Planet of the Apes' (1973)
'Planet of the Apes' (1974)
'Return to the Planet of the Apes' (1975)
'Planet of the Apes' (2001)
'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' (2011)
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (2014)
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Irene Cara, Barry Miller, Maureen Teefy, Paul McCrane, Lee Curreri, Gene Anthony Ray, Laura Dean, Albert Hague, Anne Meara, Debbie Allen, Richard Belzer, Isaac Mizrahi and Meg Tilly
Seven classes a day and a hot lunch. That's what New York City High School for the Performing Arts guarantees. Stardom? That's something the school's teenage musicians, actors, dancers and dreamers strive for.
SPIN-OFF: TV series 'Fame' (1982-1987)
Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
Director: James Fargo
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo, Ruth Gordon, James McEachin, John Quade, Harry GUardino, Phil Everly, Charlie Rich, Roy Jenson and Bill McKinney
Philo Beddoe, your regular, easygoing, truck-driving guy and bar-room brawler, falls in love with a flighty singer who leads him on a screwball chase across the American Southwest, accompanied by his friend/manager Orville and his pet orangutan, Clyde.
SPIN-OFFS: sequel 'Any Which Way You Can' (1980) and TV series 'B.J. and the Bear' (1979-1981)
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Sting, Vinnie Jones, Lenny McLean, P.H. Moriarty, Steven Mackintosh and Nicholas Rowe
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
SPIN-OFF: TV series 'Lock, Stock...' (2000)
Director: Richard Friedenberg
Starring: Dan Haggerty, Don Shanks, Marjorie Harper, Lisa Jones and Denver Pyle
Grizzly Adams is a woodsman during the frontier era who flees into the mountains after he is wrongly accused of murder. While struggling to survive, Adams discovers an orphaned grizzly bear cub whom he takes in and calls Ben. The bear, despite his huge adult size, becomes Adams's closest companion. Adams proves to have an uncanny link to most of the indigenous wildlife of the region, who have no fear of him. In return, he resolves never to harm another animal whenever possible.
The film is loosely based on the actual trapper James "Grizzly" Adams.
SPIN-OFF: TV series 'The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams ' (1977-1978)
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Director: Don Siegel
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Susan Clark, Tisha Sterling, Don Stroud, Betty Field, Tom Tully, Melodie Johnson, David Doyle and Seymour Cassel
An Arizona deputy goes to New York City to escort a fugitive back into custody.
SPIN-OFF: TV series 'McCloud' (1970-1977)
The Lawyer (1970)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Starring: Barry Newman, Diana Muldaur, Harold Gould, Robert Colbert, Mary Wilcox, Kathleen Crowley, Ken Swofford, William Sylvester, James McEachin and Michael Murphy
Based on the real-life Dr. Sam Sheppard murder trial, defence lawyer Anthony Petrocelli is hired to defend a medical doctor accused of killing his beautiful wife.
SPIN-OFF: TV series 'Petrocelli' (1974-1976)
Spencer's Mountain (1963)
Director: Delmer Daves
Starring: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, James MacArthur, Wally Cox, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Bronson, Kim Karayth, Veronica Cartwright and Donald Crisp
Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he and Clay get into a bit of trouble. If he has one dream in life it's to build his wife Olivia a beautiful house on a piece of land he inherited on Spender's mountain. When his eldest son, Clayboy, graduates at the top of his high school class and has the opportunity to go to college, Clay has only one option left to him.
SPIN-OFFS: 'The Homecoming: A Christmas Story' (1971) and TV series 'The Waltons' (1972-1981)
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Rene Auberjonois, Gary Burghoff, Roger Bowen, Jo Ann Pflug, Bobby Troup, Michael Murphy, John Schuck and Bud Cort
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. That's where two young surgeons, Duke and Hawkeye, end up during the Korean War. The staff there use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
SPIN-OFFS: TV series 'M*A*S*H' (1972-1983) and 'AfterM*A*S*H' (1983-1984)
Director: Irwin Allen
Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Robert Sterling, Barbara Eden, Michael Ansara, Peter Lorre, Frankie Avalon, Regis Toomey and Mark Slade
Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, the admiral must find a way to beat the heat or watch the world go up in smoke.
SPIN-OFF: TV series 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' (1964-1968)
Director: Ted Post
Starring: Helen Hayes, Mildred Natwick, Myrna Loy, Sylvia Sidney, Vince Edwards and Larry D. Mann
Four elderly pranksters are devoted to practical jokes. When one of the ladies gets hold of a computer-dating questionnaire, the others invent a mythical girl and feed the falsified information into the computer. Alas, the description matches a very real young lady, who becomes the target of a murderous rapist.
SPIN-OFF: TV series 'The Snoop Sisters' (1972-1974)
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