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Would You Like a FRINGE Movie?

August 15, 2012 by  

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.


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12 Responses to “Would You Like a FRINGE Movie?”

  1. Sarah on August 15th, 2012 12:25 pm

    I feel like the “will there be a movie?” question comes up for almost EVERY show now, whether it makes sense or not – like for Breaking Bad, which is clearly going to just end, probably with a bang and a high body count. Let’s be real people. It’s sort of a weird and annoying trend.

    That being said, I adore Fringe, and if there are still stories to be told after the finale, I’d be first in line to see it. But I agree with you, I’d rather the story be wrapped up in such a way that there isn’t an opening for a movie. The series deserves a satisfying ending.

  2. Donna on August 15th, 2012 12:35 pm

    Yes, as a huge fan of Fringe I think I’d honestly rather wait a few years to see if things are “right” for a movie. This whole “six seasons and a movie” saying about TV shows is dumb. Fringe has LOTS more stories to tell in its huge universe, but why rush things? Wrap the series first, let things percolate creatively, and then we’ll see.

    I never thought I’d say this, but depending on how you would develop the bigger Fringe milieu, you could have future projects that didn’t necessarily involve some of the current main characters (or, involve them so heavily). I always used to say “You can’t have Fringe without [insert character here]” but now I think you could get by with at least any two of the Walter/Peter/Olivia trio.

  3. Donna on August 15th, 2012 12:37 pm

    PS… for the last few seasons at least, Fringe always operated under the shadow of cancellation, so the season finales could be plausibly converted into series finales if need be. They had definite endings, with brand new story directions started up the next season. That is one reason why I don’t think the end of Season 5 will be left dangling. Besides, Joel Wyman has said in other interviews that he does not intend to leave things unresolved.

  4. Zepp on August 15th, 2012 7:27 pm

    Oh, in my view, no doubt, that a film of Fringe, would be simply sensational, fantastic! With all these its rich and complex scripts, such unimaginable stories of Fringe would fit perfectly in a movie, with all that wealth and grandeur of a cinema production this type of work requires. A film for Fringe would be a deserved consecration for this great work of cinema and television.

  5. Zepp on August 15th, 2012 7:58 pm

    I do not know, but these 13 episodes and that’s coming up (as persistent) rumors about a possible movie Fringe, things seem to be a completion of work, but I think it’s exactly the opposite, I suppose. I’m watching these 13 episodes, like a kind of “transition”, with the trio of stories (Walter, Peter and Olivia), for stories that will happen in the future (2036) with another trio, composed of Simon, Etta and September, which would be all this, a kind of started a Fringe II. And the possibility of a movie Fringe now, after 13 episodes to come, would strengthen or give greater awareness to the general public about this remarkable saga, forwarding, thus, a continuation of the series. But, of course, that all are merely my assumptions.

  6. Brenda on August 28th, 2012 7:54 pm

    Love your site, updates and interviews.
    Had to laugh when I saw that most of the Fringe fanatics are opting for the movie. Who would say no to more Fringe with any of the original cast, regardless of how they end the series? I’d be in line for that midnight show, also.
    This show had so many great characters and layers, I think there are many options for multiple movies, but I don’t know how large their fanbase is and if it would be profitable enough to make it worth while.

  7. XweAponX on August 28th, 2012 8:18 pm

    Oh Hell Yah, I loved BOTH X-Files movies, I don’t care, I want MORE of Fringe. More, More More. I’m POSITIVE any movie would be done well. As far as waiting for the series to wrap, sure, but there are always more alternate universes then Red and Blue and Orange.

  8. Andreas on September 23rd, 2012 11:03 pm

    I think it depends how you continue the story and that you not change the Actors. For example open the brige again and fight on the other side.
    The crying, that a show is to expensive, we hear in Germany every day. Quality was yesterday. A good show should cost nothing and be sucessfull. I’m a fan of Fringe because it has a solid story. If the story is good, a movie would be fine and the worldwide Fans happy.

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