Exciting news, Rockapella fans: Carmen Sandiego is heading to the big screen. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, from Hollywood, the guy behind the worst Shrek movie, which is being generous to other Shrek movies, will be adapting "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" for Jennifer Lopez. The movie is described as a “cross between Thomas Crown Affair and National Treasure,” so we really can’t wait for the scene where Carmen has sweaty sex on the stairs from Rocky… Which she’s just stolen!
Tortured jokes aside, and we do realize there’s been various iterations of Carmen SD, but we started to wonder what other famous PBS shows could make the leap to silver screen stardom? Here’s five we’d love to see as big budget movies:
This ongoing segment from Square One Television featured a parody of cop shows, using math to solve mysteries. In the movie version, this would clearly be bumped up to a more serious, gritty version, featuring an autistic police officer brilliant at arithmetic who teams up with a violent cop to stop a vicious serial killer named… Mathman.
This series featured a ghost who helped Brooklyn kids solve mysteries by manipulating letters into words, and thereby kind of teaching them spelling. It would be easy enough to translate this into a J-Horror vehicle, where an evil ghost spells out words… And if you can read the words? YOU’RE DEAD.
We hesitate to throw this one on the list, because there have already been so many talking dog movies. But PBS’ long running show about a dog that daydreams he’s inside classic works of literature actually would make a wonderful transition to film. You’d probably have to add something like an evil entity trying to destroy the world of books, with only Wishbone able to stop him, but you know, that’s Hollywood for you.
4. Bill Nye: The Science Guy
…But how will his everyday explanations of science help him when an alien invasion threatens to destroy the world??? Actually probably pretty well, Bill Nye is awesome.
5. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
When the residents of the Neighborhood of Make Believe escape into the real world, Mister Rogers has to put his sneakers back on, and leave his OWN neighborhood to track them down! With Jim Carrey as Mister Rogers! Seriously, no one ever make this.