Snatch and 4 more shows that made the journey from silver to small screen
In Snatch, Charlie Cavendish is a stylish crook who encounters a truck packed with stolen gold bullion. Before long, he finds himself up to his knees in London’s notorious gangster scene – with a bounty on his head. Debuting on Crackle in the US on 16 March, a trailer for the show has just been released to whet your appetite ahead of this 10-episode series.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Original film: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Synopsis: Siblings Violet, Sunny and Klaus Baudelaire are made orphans after their parents are killed by a fire in their mansion. They are placed in the care of their uncle Count Olaf, played by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris. However, things aren’t so straightforward as their grumpy guardian attempts to steal their inheritance.
The good: The TV series, new to Netflix, has been praised by critics and fans of the book alike thanks to its dreamlike-yet-dark fairytale qualities.
The bad: The movie version of A Series of Unfortunate Events starred Jim Carrey and made a tonne of money at the box office, but it was still considered underwhelming compared to the books.
Verdict: Spread over an entire season, the television show does more justice to Lemony Snicket’s series of books than the 2004 film version.
Original film: Limitless
Synopsis: In order to solve difficult cases for the FBI, Brian Finch is drugged to make him more efficient at his job. However, this is not just any drug. “NZT-48” contains an active ingredient which allows him to access 100 per cent of his brain capacity and become the smartest person in the world for twelve hours after ingesting it. The mysterious US Senator Eddie Morra (played by Bradley Cooper, who was the original main character in the film) provides him with an immunity shot to counteract the drug’s deadly side effects, but the FBI doesn’t know about this and Brian has to keep both worlds separate.
The good: Limitless the television series was praised for bringing a touch of humour to a police series.
The bad: The show received a lukewarm response from critics, and after 22 episodes and just one season was cancelled by US TV network CBS.
Verdict: Alongside Cooper, the film stars acting great Robert De Niro, and was more warmly received by reviewers and the public alike.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Original film: Terminator series
Synopsis: Set after the events of 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the Connors find themselves once again being stalked by Skynet’s agents from the future.
The good: The series was praised for combining pulsating action scenes with strong characters. More complex than standard film-to-television spin-offs, The Sarah Connor Chronicles gained a cult following as fans of the film series got to learn more about their beloved heroes.
The bad: Despite starring a pre-Game of Thrones Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister to you and I), this show only lasted for two seasons on US channel Fox.
Verdict: Although The Sarah Connor Chronicles was more warmly received than Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, it failed to live up to the iconic first two films of the franchise that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a global icon.
Original film: Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal
Synopsis: This psychological-horror series was based on characters from the Red Dragon and Hannibal books by Thomas Harris, which had previously hit the silver screen in the form of Ridley Scott’s 2001 film Hannibal, and the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs. The show focused on the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist and secret cannibal.
The good: Airing on NBC in the USA, Hannibal boasted a strong cast including Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne. The show also received critical acclaim for its dark and disturbing nature, which was unusual for a major network show.
The bad: Despite its rave reviews and accomplished stars, the show was cancelled after three seasons thanks to poor ratings.
Verdict: Both the films and the television show are worthy of your attention, but we’ll plump for the TV series, as it’s better than Ridley Scott’s 2001 film, and you’ve probably seen The Silence of the Lambs countless times before anyway.