Would You Like a FRINGE Movie?
August 15, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
We still have an entire 13-episode season of FRINGE to view before the series concludes, but ever since the notion of a FRINGE movie was brought up at Comic-Con, I can’t get the notion out of my mind…and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. (It’s worth noting that there is NOTHING official about a movie — there hasn’t been any indication that this is something that Warner Bros. is actively pursuing right now.)
Don’t get me wrong: if there’s a FRINGE movie, I’ll be in that theater. (Or if it’s a television movie, I’ll be on my couch.) Heck, odds are I’d be dragging my friends to a midnight showing. But there’s also something special about having a series contained just to television and letting the story have the conclusion it’s meant to have.
There’s also the issue of movies coming out of television shows being, um, a mixed bag. Personally? I loved how SEX AND THE CITY ended on HBO. I think it was the best possible outcome for those characters and I was content with that. Then the first movie came along and shook up virtually everything that was right about that series finale before (mostly) righting the wrongs by the end of the film. Did I enjoy the movie? For the most part. I’ll certainly watch it whenever I stumble upon it on television and I own it on DVD. I don’t really think it was necessary, but I don’t think it really harmed the show as a whole. I can’t say any of those things about the second movie. (My goodness. The less probably said about that, the better.)
And then there’s the case of my beloved X-FILES — the 2002 series finale set the groundwork for a massive alien invasion coming in 2012. The second movie (the first one post-series) didn’t touch on that overarching mythology at all. We’re now in 2012 and a third movie hasn’t been ordered yet, so…it’s rough. If a third movie is made, who knows whether it would deal with things in retrospect, take place in the past or whatever. But as a fan, it’s a little disappointing that those seeds from the series haven’t come to fruition.
While clearly only a handful of people know how FRINGE is going to end, I’d hate to see a thread dangled out there near the end of the series just with the hope of it potentially being picked up in a movie. Had season 5 not been ordered, I could totally see wanting a movie to take us to 2036 and this final fight, but the FRINGE writers got a special opportunity here and have the chance to wrap up the story on their terms. As much as I don’t want these characters to go, I also want them to go out in the right way.
But it’s also clearly not up to me. (I know, you’re shocked, aren’t you?) At Comic-Con, FRINGE showrunner J.H. Wyman talked with reporters at Comic-Con about having 13 episodes to tie things up and if a (potential) movie would come from that or something new…
So what do you think? Would you like a FRINGE movie? Or are you waiting to see how the series ends before you decide?
FRINGE’s final season premieres September 28th at 9 PM on Fox.