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Old 17 November 2017, 11:22 AM
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Military ‘Stripes’ Series Adaptation in Development at CBS


Like the film, the series will follow a perennial rebellious outsider who finally finds his purpose in life when he joins the US military and must unite a group of ragtag eccentrics. The original 1981 film starred Bill Murray in the lead role with Harold Ramis playing his best friend and Ivan Reitman directing. It grossed over $85 million during its theatrical run.
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Old 17 November 2017, 01:37 PM
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I'm on the fence with this one.

The magic of Stripes was its military absurdity, which I am certain they can recapture with a series.

The limitation of Stripes was that it was centred around basic training and an initial, bizarre first assignment. I'm not sure they can get a series to last using this same premise.

Given that basic training consists of 8-10 weeks of training (ballpark figure based upon what I know of our basic training), how are they going to extend that out to several years? Even adding in a first assignment, it will be hard to keep the same gang together for more than one season.

I'll see what major changes they do. After all, they could still pull off a winner.
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Old 17 November 2017, 02:59 PM
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M*A*S*H managed to make the US involvement in the Korean War last 11 years, the producers of this series can probably manage to draw things out similarly. They'll probably just ignore the realities of military assignments and have the main cast stay together after basic training.
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Old 17 November 2017, 04:39 PM
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After reading UEL's comment, I was about to make a comment about how long MASH lasted.
I would imagine it is almost all done in basic training. Here is how I would do it - the first season would be the main characters at basic training. Ending the first season with them squeaking out a pass by training themselves, in the same way as the movie (I hope I'm remembering this correctly, but maybe not.) If it gets picked up for a second season, the General is impressed that they were able to get themselves through after their drill sergeant was injured, but instead of giving them a first assignment, they are ordered to stay at the base and train new recruits. Giving us many, many years (this is CBS, after all) of them pissing off the Colonel and getting in bar fights.
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Old 17 November 2017, 05:10 PM
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I was thinking about MASH too, but they kept giving timely references to baseball, politics, etc that allowed you to think that the 11 years they were on actually took place within the 3 of the war (notwithstanding the ageing and hairstyle changes).

Given that Mash was on 11 years, and the war was 3 years... that gives us almost a 4:1 ratio.

Basic is 8 weeks... using the almost 4:1 ratio, we have 30 weeks, or roughly one season of basic.

It might work for 2 seasons, especially following Darth Credence's formula.
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Old 18 November 2017, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by GenYus234 View Post
M*A*S*H managed to make the US involvement in the Korean War last 11 years [...]
That's nothing. Clint Eastwood made the invasion of Grenada last more than 11 minutes.
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Old 18 November 2017, 09:17 AM
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There's no reason for them to restrict the series to boot camp, there's a wealth of situations in the everyday military that are ripe for parody.
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Old 18 November 2017, 09:39 PM
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What about Gomer Pyle? Was he in basic training all the time that show was on the air? My spotty memory of the show makes me think Pyle was a new recruit for the whole time the show as on the air. Otherwise I guess they must have had some explanation for why he never seemed to move on with his military career or off the base and away from Sgt Carter (whose haircut scared me )
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Old 18 November 2017, 09:54 PM
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I don't remember well enough now how they did it, but Private Benjamin went from a boot camp movie to 2+ seasons. (It had 3 seasons, but season 1 was short.)

ETA:. Gomer Pyle was like that, but in those days there weren't really story arcs, or even extensive continuity between episodes. Most shows had self contained, stand-alone episodes where they did not even reference prior episodes much if at all. IOW, Gomer Pyle was entirely episodic, not serialized. The show essentially reset at the end of each episode, so although there were seasons of episodes, no time was passing on the show. For early seasons of MASH, the show was more episodic than serialized, I think, except when they had to deal with cast changes.

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Old 21 November 2017, 02:45 PM
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I was going to mention Gomer. IIRC, the first few seasons were Basic training, then later on a base somewhere. Don't want to spend a whole bunch of time looking; about the closest I can find to confirming that is from Wikipedia:
Vince Carter (played by Frank Sutton), a gunnery sergeant from Kansas, is Gomer's irritable drill instructor (later his platoon sergeant) ....
which implies that Gomer made it out of training.

Stripes could easily do that - 2 seasons of basic training, then on an assignment. My bet is on them finishing basic, then being assigned there as trainers, giving them an excuse to change cast every so often.
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