The Reality Show “COPS” is Hitting the big Screen.
So it seems to me that Hollywood really will leave no stone unturned when it comes to the chance of a movie. Just when you thought they were running out of TV shows to adapt into movies, someone remembered COPS and thought it might make a good idea for a movie. Cops is one of the most successful TV shows ever, the reality series about police officers dealing with small time criminals is heading to a cinema near you… yes you!
Here’s what I found out.
According to Deadline COPS is next in line to get the big silver screen treatment. The plan is to take the vibe of COPS and turn it into an “edgy narrative feature with a buddy comedy bent on the order of Lethal Weapon.” Anyone who has seen cops will know COPS is not an inherently edgy series – with most of the officers dealing with small time drug busts and the occasional criminal who decides to make a break for it.
Is this really what it takes to hit the big screen these days?
The movie already has a director attached in the form of Ruben Fleischer, who has something of a spotty track record. Though he directed Zombieland starring Jesse Eisenberg back in 2009, his last two films, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster squad failed terribly. Since then he’s turned to TV and serves as executive producer on Superstore on NBC; the COPS movie will be his first feature film since 2013.
The idea of a COPS movie sparks the familiar debate of adapting a pre-existing property when you could accomplish the same thing with an original take. There’s certainly nothing about the description of the plot that can only be told using that brand. It can also be argued that this movie already exists in the form of David Ayer’s entertaining End of watch. However, given that original properties don’t always do so hot at the box office, studios usually feel safer with an existing brand. But it just may be a couple years too late for such a movie. What do you guys think?
Regardless, a COPS movie is happening at some point down the road, we will just have to watch this space I guess!