WTF? 'Crash' To Become TV Show.

Crash, the singularly awful film about race and implausibly stupid coincidences that inexplicably went on to win the Oscar in 2005 for Best Picture, is about to become a television show.

Resolved: I’mma vote for whichever presidential candidate keeps this booshee from happening.

Crash’s TV story will pick up where the original ensemble flick left off. But with the possible exception of Cheadle, none of Crash’s original stars is expected back. The film’s cast included Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Terence Howard, Ryan Phillippe, Thandie Newton, Ludacris and Matt Dillon, who earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as a racist cop.

Instead, the show is poised to introduce all new characters and engage in more than race and class issues in the hourlong segments.



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • Hmm…Your stance is very interesting. You are the first person that I have come across that said that they did not like Crash. I think the show might actually be worth looking at.

  • Brran1: That’s funny. I don’t know *anyone* who liked ‘Crash’. Roger Ebert loved it, and I thought he’d temporarily taken leave of his senses.

    I’m curious: what did you like about it?

  • slb

    After watching that film, I immediately pushed it to the back of my mind, in hopes to forget. I didn’t get the hype. I didn’t *want* to get the hype. A lot of bad things were happening in there–from Thandie Newton’s evisceration of her husband’s manhood to the lack of chemistry between Don Cheadle and Jennifer Esposito to that one dude almost getting his daughter killed by lying to her about the bullet-proof properties of her cloak or backpack or whatever it was to a racist Sandra Bullock (super-bad casting) to Ludacris “freeing” the illegals… into Chinatown.

  • From my standpoint, You don’t hear about to many things like that going on here in Baltimore. It was definitely an eye opener in that it showed that these types of things still go on today in society. I’m not saying that I like the movie in the sense that if it comes on now I’d definitely have to watch it again. I was just mentioning that it was an eye opener.

  • Brran:

    Not trying to be flip, but could you explain what “types of things” you’re talking about?

    Are you talking about racism? Where in the world does racism play out the way it does in this movie?

  • mr. get $


    the movie’s overbearing, fevered attempts at poignancy were bad enough.

    how though, do you port a movie that founded itself on a confounding sequence of impossibles to a television series with any modicum of integrity for the OG concept?

    bad idea jeans.

  • I’ve heard of racial profiling of course, but I’ve never personally seen things play out in really life the same way they did in the movie. Lemme rephrase what I said earlier. Racism is everywhere, but I’ve never personally seen it go down as blatantly as it did in the movie.

  • Brran: I think, if anything, the fact that racism doesn’t happen as blatantly as it did in the movie was one of my issues with it and why I felt it was unrealistic.

    Nevermind that all the characters were stereotypes — with very minor tweaks.

  • Rafiq

    Well, I still think Crash is way better than Brokeback Mountain.

  • People are always shocked when I tell them I hate Crash. The whole redemptive arc of Matt Dillon’s character is what really annoys me about that movie.

  • Consuela:

    I assure you, it wasn’t touching the wackness that was Sandra Bullock’s redemptive arc.

  • I think I try to erase her involvement in that movie completely.

  • LH

    Crash is what I imagine a music video about racism directed by Hype Williams would be: overdone and inadequate.

    Can someone walk me through Terrence Howard’s character and the scene during which his wife was essentially molested by the police officer? What did that mean?

    That question is what I would’ve offered as a review of the film if asked.

  • attitudeofgratitude27

    why, just why? I like the movie enough but not to watch more than for Film Class, meh

  • Tabitha

    i almost crashed my car when i heard that on the radio the other day. finally, a place where people actually hated that film. maybe it’s because i live in LA but pretty much everyone i know here loved that film. can i just say when a person tells me how much they adored it, it gives me pause? i begin the process of evaluating why i’m friends with said person at all.

    i’ve considered that most ppl like the film because it addresses the stereotypes they have for others and allows them to believe it’s ok b/c you know, if that person was about to die, we would save them.

    seriously, the overbearing nature of racism with the redemptive endings making us feel better about our biases? no. i’d be far more impressed by a writing room just as diverse as it’s on screen characters.