Peacock set to launch ‘Fast & Furious’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ streaming series

With Netflix leading the streaming wars by a wide margin and Amazon Prime and Disney+ battling for second place (HBO Max is seeing stronger growth lately but still lags behind, if we don’t include streaming services). HBO subscription). Other services, however, are struggling to gain a foothold, and a surprising example is Peacock TV. The service contains the bulk of NBCUniversal’s huge catalog of some of the best sitcoms, dramas, other TV series and movies ever produced. But an in-depth catalog is not enough on its own. Peacock must transform its biggest cinematic IP as fast furious, jurassic park, Bourne’s Identity, and The secret life of pets in major streaming series.

Peakcock’s 25 million subscribers include nine million subscribers with the service’s paid plan, plus another seven million subscribers to streaming plans through other services and cable companies, for a total of 16+/- million subscribers. paid subscribers. This suggests that the remaining eight million Peacock TV subscribers use the free version with ad-supported streaming.

Of course, ad-supported subscriptions are still subscriptions, and they put content and ads in front of the public. While we don’t know what kind of revenue Peackcock gets from ad-supported subscribers, it’s not as much as they would get from paid subscribers, and the combined total number is still only around 20 million. .

NBCUniversal is expected to be a top contender in the streaming wars, but so far their impressive library and strong stable of franchise IPs hasn’t turned them into a top contender in the streaming space. That’s not to say the service doesn’t have much to make the relatively cheap buy-in to subscribe to (especially since there’s literally a free tier with ads), and it certainly has great original content like the shiny The Amber Ruffin Show (if you don’t watch it, you’ve missed some of the best late night content).

But the reality is that other streaming services are constantly airing several critically acclaimed audience favorite series, they’re getting award nominations and everyone’s talking about it. Peacock needs big projects, several of them in fact, and they should look to some of their most profitable IPs to get there.

Let me take a moment to say that I know many of you will immediately think, “No! Stop reviving the old IP and doing the same, we want fresh new ideas! and that’s fine, except for the fact that most audiences — whether or not they say they prefer the original stuff — tend to come back mostly to the same big brands and IPs. At home and in theaters, the rule tends to be that shows or movies based on existing brands/franchises are what most people are most likely to watch most of the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love original ideas and there’s so much amazing original content out there, and we should always be looking for more. But right now, if you’re a struggling streaming service that by all accounts should perform a lot better, and if you have a vault full of amazing franchises and IPs, then one of the things you you need to do to attract more subscribers to your service is to develop your biggest popular brands into new content on your streaming service.

With the global blockbuster fast furious The movie franchise is coming to an end soon, so now is the perfect time to relaunch it on Peacock as a big-budget live-streaming series. If Jason Momoa signs on for the film’s tenth installment, maybe he’d be open to directing a spin-off series (if his character survives, if he’s one of the “good guys” and if Momoa is interested, of course). This is just a suggestion, and whether it’s a reboot or a sequel/spin-off series, there’s still plenty of fertile ground to explore and a massive global fanbase eager to see it explored. .

Another perfect property to become a streaming Peacock live-action series would be the multi-billion dollar jurassic park movies. The visual effects have improved enough to make a regular series featuring dinosaurs a walk in the park to create these days, and there are endless possibilities for making it work. To restart ? Of course, who wouldn’t love to see another extended rebirth of the whole story, filling in the blanks and replacing the things that didn’t work, while adding new elements on top of retaining everything we love so much about the stories. A live-action thriller series with realistic dinosaurs roaming the Earth and rampaging through cities would be a major hit for Peacock.

A franchise ripe for a revival is the Thick headed Identity series. This franchise has admittedly seen its luster fade somewhat in recent years, after a few less well-received films and a canceled spin-off TV series. walking stone. But it’s a terrific brand that deserves a fresh look to expand its potential – imagine if John Boyega agreed to play the role of Jason Bourne in a rebooted script and series for Peacock, for example. And nowadays, think of all the crazy geopolitical realities, espionage, war, social upheaval, and related issues that would be great sparks for stories, subplots, and themes in a series of horror thrillers. paranoid political action.

The secret life of pets is yet another currently popular brand for the studio that would make a wonderful regular streaming series. Combined with a Minions series, it’s the kind of high-end family content that can pay lasting dividends as kids grow and age into other shows as they grow.

These are four great franchise brands with strong potential for streaming series adaptations/spin-offs, and I think that would be a great place to start. But on top of that, I also think Peacock should look into spin-off series from Office and Friends, as well as restarts of The golden girls (I know this one will cause a lot of backlash, but a modern, diverse take on top comedy writers and performers would easily draw a ton of attention and viewership).

I haven’t even mentioned a fairly obvious possible source of premium streaming content that could also help boost Peacock’s fortunes, namely their horror franchises.

Universal’s classic monsters have been part of the studio’s plans for several years, and the obvious answer now is to develop a series of horror films for their greatest creatures/monsters and release them exclusively on Peacock. Making them as movies for streaming allows for spin-off streaming miniseries to be released while major franchises get annual movies aired on the service.

Maybe stagger horror releases so there are two or three movies a year for different creatures/monsters each year, while spinoff shows that year are for creatures/monsters that don’t have movies this year. This way, each of the horror franchises is represented in different ways each year, but with roughly a year between movie releases.

Dracula, Mummy, werewolf, Black Lagoon Creature, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde would provide five additional exclusive films and series for Peacock. Invisible Man had a pretty good cinematic reboot recently, so one can be separated from the rest, but then again, it could be good for spinoffs as well. Either way, at least nine big opportunities for big popular streaming series exist for Peacock.

Even if they want to continue the theatrical releases for jurassic park and The secret life of pets, these films will not cause any problems for spin-off series that may exist alongside the films. Movies don’t even have to reference the shows, if they don’t want/need to.

One more thing – bring back the slogan “Must See TV”. But to do that, they need to make Peacock TV a go-to service. And the best way to do this is swinging for the fences with some of their biggest IPs.

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