If something catches on in the world, you can bet someone in Hollywood is figuring out how to turn it into a movie. And sadly, a lot of times they succeed (See: What Fans Want From Grumpy Cat, the Movie). Beyond the memes, here are some of the craziest places the film world goes hunting for source material:
"Mac and Me" — a thinly-veiled "E.T." ripoff that came out in 1988 — became notable as the first film to turn Ronald McDonald into an actual movie character.
One word: scary.
In 1993, Super Mario Brothers began the trend with a notable, legendary disaster. That didn't stop the tie-ins however and as "Silent Hill" fans can attest, Hollywood keeps trying.
While video games at least have scenes to work with, board games are more challenged to find the movie plot within. The 1985 "Clue" film became an instant camp classic. 2000's "Dungeons and Dragons" never took flight and 2012's "Battleship" was a notable misguided bomb.
In the golden age of high concept, a movie based on the beloved "Masters of the Universe" action toys seemed like a no-brainer. But kids never quite got into the plot and the movie bombed. Subsequent movies based on Bratz and the Garbage Pail Kids also failed to keep the kids on board. The "Transformers" films, however, are one of Hollywood's most profitable franchises and G.I. Joe has now stormed the screens successfully twice.
Since "Star Trek" made the leap from the small screen to the big in 1979, studios have been obsessed with transforming their TV properties and their built-in audiences to film. Sometimes this has gone well ("Brady Bunch," "X-Files," "Mission Impossible"). Far more often, whatever magic exists in the living room fizzles somewhere in translation ("Mod Squad," "Bewitched," "Get Smart").
When a song tells a story, who can resist trying to make a film out of it? Well many in Hollywood wish they had.
"Copacabana," "Take This Job and Shove It," and "The Purple People Eater" have all found their way to theaters, with tragic results.
(Photo: Walt Disney/Everett)
The Disney Corporation is currently in the process of converting every inch of its theme parks into film projects. After the success of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, the Haunted Mansion and the Country Bears rides have both seen tragic adaptations. The Big Thunder roller coaster is currently in the works.