10 Classic Books That Could Use A Gritty TV Reboot
They're doing it for Little Women, so why not these other favorites?
1. Goodnight Moon
Focused on a young girl named Claire living in a downtrodden neighborhood in rural Texas, Goodnight Moon is a drama in which our heroine must battle both the verbal abuse she suffers at the hands of her parents and the personal struggle to discover her true calling outside of her insular community. Claire's one confidant is an anthropomorphized version of the moon, which only she can see and interact with. As the moon encourages her to say goodbye to the life that has held her back, Claire must make a decision — should she leave behind all she has ever known?
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Unlike the film adaptations, the TV version of this classic Roald Dahl novel will take the violence to the next level. Reimagining the tale as a horror anthology, each week's episode will tell the story of a new child invited to visit Willy Wonka's factory only to come face to face with increasingly terrifying sights as they make their way through the tour. Will these candy-loving kiddies be able to survive their day at the factory, or will the horrors within consume them?
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon
The Harold from the beloved children's book is all grown up, and this series follows him through a world of sex, drugs, and the near-constant threat of violence. After accidentally maiming a drug dealer in a transaction gone wrong, Harold must use his trusty purple crayon to flee from the gang chasing after him hoping to get revenge. But how much of Harold's crayon-infused world is real and how much is merely a hallucination stemming from years of drug abuse? Can Harold ever truly feel safe when he can not even be sure that his own mind is trustworthy?
4. The Westing Game
Following the gruesome murder of Samuel Westing, 16 strangers are gathered together to read from his last will and testament. They quickly learn, however, that they are not the only ones interested in accessing Samuel's considerable fortune. This techno-thriller takes its cues from classic heist and hacker tropes, with the audience following central character Turtle as she attempts to solve the mystery of Westing's estate before shadowy government forces get to it first. But when this government militia proves itself willing to do anything to keep Turtle and her 15 confidants from uncovering the truth about Westing, the mansion where they have all been brought to live becomes anything but a safe haven.
5. Little House on the Prairie
Set in a dystopian future, this series imagines a world in which all major cities must be evacuated because of an outbreak of poisonous gas. Laura and her family set out for the uninhabited wilderness, which has long since been abandoned in this industrial future. But just when the Ingalls family believes it has found a safe place to settle, they notice something strange about the nearby forest. What follows is a tale of a family in peril, fighting against unknown forces while attempting to come to terms with the harsh conditions of the abandoned prairie.
6. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
As if the Lewis Carroll's imagining of Wonderland weren't trippy enough, this new series reimagines Wonderland as the fever dream of an LSD-addled Alice. As we see Alice attempt to escape the boredom and sadness in her real life, we are transported to the world of Wonderland, in which Alice is able to find respite. But when her hallucinations become more and more violent, the audience must wonder if Alice has gone too far.
7. Where the Red Fern Grows
A grown-up Billy Coleman has been living on the margins of society for years — in and out of halfway houses, prison, homelessness. But when he stumbles across a pair of abandoned coonhounds one day, the three begin to form a bond that promises some sort of salvation for Billy. Old habits die hard, though. Can Billy and his canine companions break the cycle that has caused Billy so much struggle over the years, or will the systemic inequalities that have led to Billy's troubled existence continue to exercise their power over him?
8. Anne of Green Gables
Life has been difficult for Anne, a teenage orphan who has been in and out of the foster system for years. When the Cuthberts decide to adopt her, she thinks all of her problems will be solved. But what Anne doesn't know is that the Cuthberts have a secret past that threatens to tear them apart. Taking its cues from Mad Men, this version of Anne of Green Gables is replete with drinking, smoking, and esoteric conversations about the nature of life and the pasts that haunt us all. Anne soon turns to her one friend, Gilbert Blythe, as an attempt at escape from the ennui that surrounds her in the Cuthbert home — but in the town of Avonlea, no one is quite as they seem.
9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Four estranged siblings find themselves reunited in the experimental co-ed Narnia Prison, where they must come to terms with the events of the past that have driven them apart while protecting each other from the violent whims of the White Witch, the leader of the most fearsome gang in the prison. And when the siblings stumble upon a new drug, codenamed Turkish Delight, their burgeoning business within the prison puts them in direct conflict with the White Witch. And only one of the two groups will be able to survive.
10. The Cat in the Hat
Sally and her brother have always been close, but when the home they share together is invaded by a mysterious man calling himself the "Cat in the Hat," the two realize that their seemingly simple lives are being controlled by forces beyond their comprehension. And despite that Cat's insistence that he is on their side, Sally and her brother find themselves unable to trust anyone in this brave new existence.