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What stories/intellectual properties (other than Star Wars) would you like to retell/rewrite?

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This is just a little idea, but there have been (of course) a TON of rewrites/retellings/re-edits/etc. focus on Star Wars. Just curious, what other stories/franchises/intellectual properties/things-not-Star-Wars would you like to retell/rewrite? This can be comics, videogames, TV shows, movies, etc. Also, the reasons for you wanting to retell/rewrite can be anything, ranging from not liking one tiny thing to just wanting to tell your own version. I’ve got my own list below, if anyone’s interested.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Okay, this might be a bit more difficult to tackle. I like Ninja Turtles, and I was kinda excited to see what the next show would be after the 2012 Ninja Turtles cartoon show. However, ‘Rise of the TMNT’ sacrifices heart-felt moments for jokes that end up not funny as a result (much like TLJ, the more that I think about it). Not really helped with the darker mystical themes surrounding the villains (who are just as goofy as the Ninja Turtles themselves in this show). Maybe it’s because I’m more of a fan of the 2003 Ninja Turtles cartoon (which made me realize the Shredder’s origins in ‘Rise of the TMNT’ is taken directly from the 2003’s lost fifth season). That being said, I do think there is potential, if only the story and tone needs a lot of fixing. Plus, it would be a great way to promote the show’s version of April O’Neill. Though, I think I’ll try to make my own version which is a mix of the 2003 and 2012 TMNT shows.

  2. Doctor Who (2005) - I am very much biased, since I grew up watching classic Doctor Who (which is far from perfect), but I’ve never really been a fan of the new series (really, it almost ruined David Tennant for me). I didn’t like how the writers emphasized their hero-worship of the time-traveling Doctor, I didn’t like how most of the (female) companions were just meant to be kissed by the Doctor, I didn’t like how the seasons/series endings were just taking one (type of) bad guy and making them bigger or more in numbers, I didn’t like how the Doctor turned from a grandfatherly character into that one friend/brother who keeps on giving speeches and never shuts up, etc., etc., etc. That being said, I do like some episodes on their own, and I gave a shot at it, the story and characters would probably be much different (and probably not as marketable to the young, female demographic as the actual show it) which try to mix the best of both the classic and the reboot while bridging the two in a more cohesive way. The Doctor himself would be given an air of mystery by simply avoiding a lot of the “questions” that certain writers tease to answer only to never to.

  3. Stargate Infinity - The cartoon spinoff of Stargate: SG-1 that didn’t really fall in continuity with the actual series and was more focused on gimmicks to sell as action figures rather than good storytelling. Admittedly, I had seen it as a guilty pleasure and I think the premise has some weight to it, so I think a whole makeover (different villains, new worlds, greater cohesion with the established continuity) could’ve made the show much better. The tone would change so the show is a little closer to ‘Gargoyles’ or ‘Batman: The Animated Series.’

  4. Stargate Universe - A show that is pretty much the SG-1 ripoff of Battlestar Galactica. It’s premise is similar to ‘Infinity,’ only it is more for adults. Really, much of the problems with ‘Universe’ are the opposite of Infinity, in terms of tone. It just needs to be redone to keep it fun like the original SG-1 show (and a camera that doesn’t move all over the place like it does in Battlestar Galactica).

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- Yoda

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Stargate

Stargate '94 has amazing costumes, sets, music, and lore, but weak writing and characterization. Stargate SG-1 has good characterization and writing, but it feels like a Trek knockoff, complete with generic English-speaking extraterrestrial civilizations and technobabble. I’d essentially like to craft a Stargate reboot which contains all the best elements of SG '94, SG-1, SGU, and the Bill McCay novels, and none of their worst.

I’d probably limit the humans seeded across the galaxy to north African stock rather than go gung-ho with Greeks, Chinese, Native Americans. etc. Also, no frickin’ Ancients/Ori/Ascension. That stuff wrecked Stargate for me.

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DuracellEnergizer said:

Stargate

Stargate '94 has amazing costumes, sets, music, and lore, but weak writing and characterization. Stargate SG-1 has good characterization and writing, but it feels like a Trek knockoff, complete with generic English-speaking extraterrestrial civilizations and technobabble. I’d essentially like to craft a Stargate reboot which contains all the best elements of SG '94, SG-1, SGU, and the Bill McCay novels, and none of their worst.

I’d probably limit the humans seeded across the galaxy to north African stock rather than go gung-ho with Greeks, Chinese, Native Americans. etc. Also, no frickin’ Ancients/Ori/Ascension. That stuff wrecked Stargate for me.

Yeah, I can agree with that (partly anyway). As much as I love SG-1 up to Season 6/7 (since I pretty much liked Anubis and I do like the Ancients to a degree), I admittedly can see the humans across the galaxy being more North Africans (e.g. Berbers/Amazigh, etc.) than to being really close to what we perceive as the great ancient civilizations. And yeah, the Ori bits freaking sucked. I was okay with Ascension to a point since it gave me Anubis (one of my favorite SG-1 villains, even if he can be a Palpatine knockoff), but it really went off the rails after Anubis was defeated over Antartica.

Anyway, I have some ideas, so continuing off my list:

  1. The Legend of Korra - As someone who likes Avatar: The Last Airbender, I had been looking forward to its sequel, The Legend of Korra (or TLOK), and I did enjoy the show… at the beginning. When I first saw Korra, I thoguht of her hotheaded attitude to be like Raphael from Ninja Turtles but she would grow over time to be more mature. Sadly, that didn’t exactly happen. Over time, the show really got convoluted with its mythos, overturned its magic systems, sacrificed good character development with rushed storytelling and deus ex-machinas at the end of every season, lacked a central villain for the heroes to fight, and plagued by fan ships, just to name a few of its issues. As a result, I’d like to rewrite TLOK from the ground up. It’s main focus would take place in Republic City, the setting of season 1, as the heroes would focus on the rebellion growing inside it (which would remain as the ONLY threat that spread across the world of the show). Relationships between characters would grow over time and try test each other as their feelings are conflicted, following the cliches of teenage dramas that the show originally went for (only not as obnoxious and annoying as what the show actually did).

  2. Kamen Rider Dragon Knight - For a show whose source material is supposed to be the older sibling to Power Ranger’s, I get the feeling there is a lot ‘Kamen Rider Dragon Knight’ now that I look back on it. I have grown a soft spot for the show and will praise it for its technical prowess and choreography. I mean, you get to see twelve armored warriors - Kamen Riders - fighting each other while being manipulated by an evil warlord trying to enslave humanity as he did with the dimension where the Kamen Rider come from. As interesting as the premise is and as well done the show could be (it won an Emmy - just to put that out there), its story and execution does suffer with some flaws. It followed more of a series style (with one episode leading into the other), separating itself from Power Rangers. However, I feel that the show should’ve been a bit more episodic to let viewers digest what is going on yet be more intertwined to bind the whole story together (like how Gargoyles was at one point).

  3. RWBY - Okay, this is tricky. The original creator, Monty Oum, died about five years ago, so the show hasn’t really been the same since then. While the show was far from perfect, I was attracted by its art design and fight choreography when its first trailer was released in 2012-ish. I was with the show when it first aired on 2013, but I ended up giving up during the show’s 6th season (which happened last year I think). Quite a few fans dropped RWBY for a plethora of reasons: its inconsistent magic system, not good storytelling that got worse, firing an actor who was accused of sexual harrassment even though I believe there wasn’t any hard evidence to condemn the man (and I got out before that happen, so MAN did I dodge a bullet there!), sudden additions to the lore without clarifying and improving upon what came before, etc. There’s already a guy on YouTube called Switchback who is making his own reboot, called RWBY: Cherish. For me, I’d try to do a lot in my rewrite with what Switchback is doing for his - only I’d mix in my love for martial art films (Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, etc.) into the choreography to replace the high-octane action RWBY’s early seasons is well known for. Plus, I’d try to smooth out a lot of details regarding the world and story (how does its magic system work, racism and prejudice in the world, what is its defined lore, etc.).

"Adventure, excitement. A Jedi craves not these things!"

- Yoda

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DuracellEnergizer said:

Stargate

Stargate '94 has amazing costumes, sets, music, and lore, but weak writing and characterization. Stargate SG-1 has good characterization and writing, but it feels like a Trek knockoff, complete with generic English-speaking extraterrestrial civilizations and technobabble. I’d essentially like to craft a Stargate reboot which contains all the best elements of SG '94, SG-1, SGU, and the Bill McCay novels, and none of their worst.

I’d probably limit the humans seeded across the galaxy to north African stock rather than go gung-ho with Greeks, Chinese, Native Americans. etc. Also, no frickin’ Ancients/Ori/Ascension. That stuff wrecked Stargate for me.

Yeah, I can agree with that (partly anyway). As much as I love SG-1 up to Season 6/7 (since I pretty much liked Anubis and I do like the Ancients to a degree), I admittedly can see the humans across the galaxy being more North Africans (e.g. Berbers/Amazigh, etc.) than to being really close to what we perceive as the great ancient civilizations. And yeah, the Ori bits freaking sucked. I was okay with Ascension to a point since it gave me Anubis (one of my favorite SG-1 villains, even if he can be a Palpatine knockoff), but it really went off the rails after Anubis was defeated over Antartica.

I thought the Ancients were interesting until Season 6, when they were revealed as super-evolved prehistoric humans. That and the origins of the Replicators made the Stargate Universe too anthropocentric for my liking.

If I were to reintroduce the Ancients, I’d have to make them non-humanoid aliens. I’d rather just stick with Ra’s race as the builders of the stargate, though.

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I’m currently in the very early stages of planning a Miraculous Ladybug rewrite. The show has some much potential but is let down by a repetitive formula and childishly flat characters. I’ve wanted to tackle this for a long time, but my interest was recently resparked when I had the idea to use French pop singer Alizée for the soundtrack. The show is set in France, and her style matches that of the main theme. I’m thinking of doing a movie instead of a show, though.

  1. Doctor Who (2005)

That’s a hell of a lot of rewrites you’re giving yourself, there.

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Anakin Starkiller said:

I’m currently in the very early stages of planning a Miraculous Ladybug rewrite. The show has some much potential but is let down by a repetitive formula and childishly flat characters. I’ve wanted to tackle this for a long time, but my interest was recently resparked when I had the idea to use French pop singer Alizée for the soundtrack. The show is set in France, and her style matches that of the main theme. I’m thinking of doing a movie instead of a show, though.

I’ve heard a bunch of things about Miraculous Ladybug, but it never really interested me for the reasons you’ve stated. I’m interested to see how you would rewrite it, especially as a movie (which sounds easier really).

  1. Doctor Who (2005)

That’s a hell of a lot of rewrites you’re giving yourself, there.

Yep, it is. But sometimes, my ideas just keep on bugging me until I start writing (… and then I give up on it after having lose interest, like a little child with their toys).

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Another series I’ve given some thought on rewriting is Andromeda. Though hampered by a painfully low budget and some dodgy storytelling, I felt the characterization was good and it was showing signs of improvement until Trance went gold and Robert Hewitt Wolfe was fired halfway through the 2nd season. Immediately thereafter, the show turned to hot garbage, with only a diminishing handful of quality episodes scattered throughout the rest of the series.

If I were to rewrite the series, I’d stick close to Wolfe’s original vision for the series. I’d make slight deviations (I’m not entirely sold on Wolfe’s backstory for Trance’s race/the Spirit of the Abyss), but the broad strokes would remain intact. I’d also redesign the lamer-looking aliens (the Magog, in particular).

It’s a project I’ll never tackle without the help of collaborators, anyway; I don’t have it in me to write an entire series on that scale by myself.

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Not an established property…but an original miniseries on Netflix

Titled Hercules and nemean…a 15 episode miniseries centered on the enemies to friends to lovers story of hercules and an anthro version of the nemean lion…whose real name is maahes from north africa… Basically a muscular lion furry.

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The first 12 episodes of the series would be about their developing relationship as hercules completes each of the 12 labors with the help of the lion to attune for the murder of his family.

Hercules is torn between staying on earth to have a family with nemean or to complete his labor to become a god. He is also conflicted about maahes’s misotheism

While maahes is torn between staying with the man who tried to kill him or to give their relationship a chance. He is also torn between his desire to return to africa in order to regain his position as head of the pride of anthro lions which he feels was stolen by his sister sekemet or to move on.

In the middle of said series…maahes and hercules free Prometheus, who reveals the reason he was tied up on the rock…because zeus was torturing him for information regarding the identity of the son who would kill him and end the reign of the gods.

Maahes is curious…though hercules does not believe him.

Eventually around either the minos bull labor or the amazon labor…hercules and maahes consumate their relationship. Their sexual chemistry coming from 2 things.

  1. Hercules no longer has to hold back when making love…making it a far more passionate and rewarding experience.

  2. Maahes’s invincible skin used to make it hard if not impossible for him to feel physical sensation…Hercules is the only one that makes him feel physically due in part because he is a divine being and because of sheer physical strength. Making maahes lose his mind during their mating.

later towards the series, after hercules fails to achieve a labor involving the cattle of geryon under mysterious circumstances…hercules reluctantly decides to stay with maahes.

Adopting a young strong orphan boy named antaeus and being a family in the wilderness.

After several years of domestic bliss Hercules and maahes’s relationship is sabotaged by hera…who reveals that maahes is the one who got rid geryon’s cattle in order to stay with him.

Hercules and maahes argue…hercules feeling betrayed by maahes’s actions, eventually becoming a fist fight in front of anateus and hurting hin. Hercules, realzing how disgusting his action were…leaves maahes and anateus.

He finds the cattle and finds the golden apples.

After nearly being trapped carrying the world forever…hercules realizes what is really important and goes back to his house in the wilderness.

He finds maahes feral and with bloody lips and bones of a child next to him.

Hercules realizes that maahes was turned into a feral beast and murdered their son…just as hercules was brainwashed into doing so.

Realizing that maahes’s mind is broken…he puts the lion out of his misery by bare hugging him to death. In the last moments as maahes laid on the ground dying, hercules strokes his face and gives him a kiss.

Falling into a deep depression…hercules contemplates suicide just as his mother done when she was raped by zeus and the stress of raising a child proved too much for her.

But decides not to…deciding instead to bring maahes and anateus back.

Hercules goes on a journey to the underworld…where he completes his final labor symbolically, wrestle Cerberus in order to have his son and husband maahes ressurected.

Succeeding…hercules has maahes and the boy back…a different boy.

Maahes tells him that anateus was captured and the boy he killed was named khaled, anateus’s best friend.

Maahes tells him more bad news…that the one who kidnapped him was zeus, who also turned him feral.

Despite this bad news…hercules and him passionately “reconcile”…in the middle of a clearing…thankfully after taking khaled home.

The last 3 episodes center on maahes and hercules trying to save their son.

Episode 13 centers on hercules and maahes looking for prometheus and his grandfather chronos in order discover how to get to Olympus. There hercules discovers the truth, that the one destined to end the reign of the gods is hercules…zeus did not know this but suspected all his sons to be a threat. Before finding chronos Maahes also meets his sister again…realizing that she was a better and more just leader than he ever was, he wishes her happiness.

Ending with hercules and maahes freeing the titans and fighting his brother ares. Before hercules deals the final blow…ares taunts him stating that his father is grooming little anateus to be his “cupbearer”. Maahes rips into his throat as hercules decapitates him. Going up mount olympus with the help of the titans lead by gaia.

Episode 14. Hercules and maahes vs the entire greek pantheon. Straight up murdering every God they see.

We get flashbacks to anateus and how he was captured by zeus…where we see how zeus slowly grooms him to be his weapon and makes him feel special by giving him the role as “god of heroes”. Brainwashed into thinking that hercules is abusive towards maahes and that maahes needs to be saved from hercules using false memories

Hercules and maahes use the weapons they steal from the dead gods. Tearing olympus down from its very foundations in an epic god of war 3-esque climax. Soon they confront hera, where she laments how for years she tried to get zeus to stop having sex in order to reduce the chance of the prophecy coming true. It is revealed that hera was never TRULY jealous of zeus’s affairs because she never truly loved zeus but merely trying to protect her own position of power…lamenting how zeus was unable to set aside his own hedonstic desires for the greater good of their family…always doing his duty with the bare minimum.

Soon, they see a door leading to the throne room of zeus…where they enter into the final battle.

Episode 15. Hercules and maahes are forced to confront their son and zeus.

Maahes fights anateus in order to stop him from helping zeus as he fights hercules. Anateus is baffled by maahes’s loyalty to hercules as he and maahes battle. Zeus tells hercules the truth…it was him who brainwashed hercules into murdering his family, so that hercules could complete the 12 labors and become a god. Hercules becoming a god would make hercules into a direct benefactor of zeus’s regime and thus would not be incentivized into rebelling against him. That is why he makes sure his kids are given great positions in heaven(ares the god of war) and earth(kings who are children of zeus), because those who benefit from a oppressive system are less likely to ever rebel against it.

Maahes and anateus fight as maahes slowly pokes holes into every abusive hercules memory told to him by anateus during their fight, Think of it as reverse gaslighting. Anateus gets the upperhand and is ordered by zeus to kill him. Anateus resists, and soon hugs his father maahes, begging for forgiveness. Soon all three are fightinf against zeus in an epic earth shaking battle.

Defeating zeus with the help of gaia…the reign of the gods has ended.

Soon the titans, hercules and maahes with their reconciled son leave Olympus to the land of hyperborea…the land of giants and gods, away from the affairs of mankind…slowly fading into myth amd leading into our world.

Hercules, maahes and anateus standing on top of a hyperborean mountain after learning that this place will grant them immortality amd will become their new home.

Hercules with maahes and anateus leaning into his arms, says that they are his pride now(a reference to lion hierarchies)…never being more happy in their lives as they look into the sunset in the dawning of a new age.

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Hercules is public domain. Make that happen (as a novel). I’m sure there’s an audience for it.

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Anakin Starkiller said:

Hercules is public domain. Make that happen (as a novel). I’m sure there’s an audience for it.

But the Netflix incarnation mentioned above isn’t.

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If I could redo any show, it would be Babylon 5. I only watched it in the past year, so I wasn’t as enamored of it as some of my friends who watched it more or less when it originally aired. However, I do see what attracted to them it.

While I haven’t thought too much about how to approach it (the watch is still fresh in my mind), it’s obvious that a lot of things that were not working were simply from the fact that the show was breaking so much ground. We know so much better how to approach the long arcs that show put in place, and the prestige TV era is primed for the greater flexibility in episode length and season length that the show would have benefitted from. I think there’s a strategic point to so many of the side stories the show explored, but at the same time, there were a lot of production issues that obviously forced the show to be done in specific ways.

**Edited to add: I also have an idea for a stage musical of two existing but lesser known stories by a well-regarded writer, but since I am actually trying to get the rights to professionally pursue this project, I don’t want to say what the stories are. But I thought it worth adding because short stories are often worth examining when students are looking for properties to adapt. If they’re not part of larger IP, the rights are easier and cheaper to get than you’d think.

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I know it’s a game and not a movie, but I feel like Drawn to Life is a charming game that simply doesn’t live up to its potential. The levels are long and repetitive, and the stuff between them is also repetitive, yet the core concept of drawing parts of the world, as well the core characters and the world itself, are quite compelling. The music is fantastic, too. It’s just a shame it’s bogged down by mediocre gameplay and the WTF ending to the second game that just felt completely out of place and uncalled for, not to mention tonally jarring.

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If I could redo any show, it would be Babylon 5. I only watched it in the past year, so I wasn’t as enamored of it as some of my friends who watched it more or less when it originally aired. However, I do see what attracted to them it.

While I haven’t thought too much about how to approach it (the watch is still fresh in my mind), it’s obvious that a lot of things that were not working were simply from the fact that the show was breaking so much ground. We know so much better how to approach the long arcs that show put in place, and the prestige TV era is primed for the greater flexibility in episode length and season length that the show would have benefitted from. I think there’s a strategic point to so many of the side stories the show explored, but at the same time, there were a lot of production issues that obviously forced the show to be done in specific ways.

If I were to tackle a B5 reboot, I’d cut down on the amount of extraterrestrial species. Keep the core races like the Centauri and Narn, of course, and some of the more exotic beings like the pak’ma’ra, but dispense with the background/one-off aliens whose presence adds nothing to the universe.

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