Spaced's Edgar Wright is pissed, and rightfully so - VIDEO
Spaced director Edgar Wright recently updated his blog with his own thoughts on this situation and now I'm even more upset. The gist is this: McG and FOX are planning to remake Spaced. Director Edgar Wright and writers/stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson were not contacted before the decision was made to pursue an American version. They will not be involved in the same fashion as the way Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant worked with NBC's adaptation of their creation, The Office.
It's almost heartbreaking to think about how the production company just handed over this baby to FOX without consulting the creators first. I mean, to put so much work into this thing and then have complete strangers take over and pull things in a completely direction? Judging by the general buzz across the Internet, the Spaced fans aren't happy either. Just check out the links in Wright's blog. Nope. Not happy at all.
I'm also confused as to how McG and company plan to interpret this for an American audience in the late 2000s. Spaced captured that bridge between the 1990s and 2000s so beautifully... The techno/rave scene, the 90s potheads, the aftermath of Phantom Menace. Do they plan to just make a sitcom that references the hell out of pop culture? Unless they find a way to add something new to the mix without ruining the magic of Spaced, I don't see the point in a remake. Yeah, yeah. I know The Office found huge success here, but I'm still convinced it was a fluke.
All right, so in case you haven't heard already, Spaced is a stellar show about childish twenty-somethings and their crazy antics. It's directed by Wright, who also directed and co-wrote Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz with Pegg. You may recognize Stevenson from her minor role as Yvonne in Shaun and the film Confetti. Nick Frost, who played Ed in Shaun, is also in the show as Pegg's mustachioed BFF. Again, this program is one of my favorites. It's easily in the top three with The Office and Green Wing (God forbid America try to remake Green Wing). Bravo and Trio aired it for a while and then BBC America took over. I'm not entirely sure if it's still re-running anymore, because I bought a region-free player to watch the DVDs a few years ago. Even after watching the series a couple hundred times, I still manage to laugh out loud a little more with each viewing. Have I made it terribly clear that I'm madly in love with this show?
I encourage everyone to watch Spaced and hopefully fall in love with it the way I did. And if we're super-lucky, the American version will never see the light of day. That way, everyone is happy! Well, everyone but McG.
Here's one of my favorite moments from Spaced... By the way, I've tested this theory and it's totally true.