It’s not that they didn’t work as movies. In fact, every film on this list was considered a success, or is now considered a cult classic. But there is something so episodic about the story line, or the available story lines branching from the original source, that it would be great to see the lives of these characters, or these imagined worlds, in a little—or a lot—more detail. There are so many movies that could translate well to television shows, but the following 10 were softly calling: “Pitch us.”
10. Brooklyn (2015)
Brooklyn is the new kid on this block. This may be the most charming film of 2015, and there’s no mistaking why it has been nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Not to spark the film vs. digital argument, but that may be the only thing about Brooklyn that could have been improved upon. Set in the early 1950s, it would have been so nice to have seen it shot on film. Some of the day exteriors are missing that something. Even so, its charm is undeniable. The story is simple and sweet, and the performances are well-crafted, it’s a Nick Hornby script—formulaic, but lures you in every time, like a mouse to cheese. Brooklyn is a beautiful coming of age story starring Saoirse Ronan (pronounced “Sertia” like inertia), and after seeing the coming of age, it’s only natural to want the next 10 years of the story.