20 Cult Favorite Movies That Were Supposed To Be TV Shows First
This Is Spinal Tap
Today’s kids will never know that the dude who played Jess’s dad on New Girl is one of the greatest actor-directors of the past century. Yeah, I said it. The UCLA alum directed When Harry Met Sally, which went on to define the romantic comedy genre for decades, the military drama A Few Good Men, and the best book-to-movie adaptation ever made, The Princess Bride. The multi-hypenate who got his start on television ironically barely dabbled in directing for television, but his cult classic rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap was birthed from a failed television pilot. Rob and his partner Harry Shearer were developing a sketch comedy show featuring characters that would become David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel. While that iteration of the characters was never seen, they returned for a (nearly) entirely improvised film based on their imaginary band.