Wednesday 31 October 2007

Spaced... Being Remade For US TV... By The Director Of Charlie's Angels.

Spaced is one of my favourite comedies ever. I really do love it. I find myself oddly validated by its hilarious portraits of directionless mid-20s fuck ups. Ergo, the following news has upset me somewhat.

The brainchild of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright et al is set for a US television reinvention. The idea of this alone is quite possibly enough to irritate the purists amongst you. However, it gets worse. Much worse... The US version of Spaced will be produced by McG. Yup, McG, the understated auteur behind both Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. But wait, there's more. The show will be written by Adam Barr, a former writer on Will & Grace.

Jesus Christ. I need some absinthe.

I mean, the director of Charlie's Angels will surely fathom and replicate the subtle explorations of the following scene:

And Tyres will, like, so work on American television:

Seriously, I need some absinthe.


slurkid57 said...

I was going to go off on a big rant about this, but frankly, I don't have the time.

In brief:
1) Plot-wise, Spaced was very much of it's time, a lot of it is just so very '90s (the 1990s lasted from approximately 1994 to 2003). A re-make wouldn't be the same show, it would just have the same name.

2) On a deeper level, the themes are much more universal, e.g. the doldrums that lie at the end of your youth, and trying to build a surrogate "family" when you have almost no contact with anyone you're biologically related to.

That shit is both comedy and drama gold. Why not just make a new show with these ideas, is the name really that important?

Joe said...

Between yourself and slurkid I think my feelings on the matter have already been summed up.

Here's hoping that it disappears like that oft suggested Fr Ted US remake.

John Cav said...

Slurkid: Sir, I totally agree. That shit is complete gold, and needs to be explored further in sitcomland. However, this exploration should ideally be attempted with the same wit and ingenuity as Wright and Pegg & Co... Especially if the programme carries the "Spaced" title.

Alas, I just can't see this happening with Mr. Charlie's Angels and the Graham Nortonesque innuendos of a tired Hollywood hack.

Our beloved "Spaced" will never change. Thankfully. I'm just scared by how unspeakably brain-raping this new muck will be.

Joe: Or that frightful US remake of "Coupling" a few years back... My eyes, they closed.

aoife mc said...

Holy fuck! And I don't mean the band. I too love Daisy and Tim. I love the episode with the oregano in the stew and the fake gun fights. And Daisy doing her elvis impression in the camden pub. Yanks! Yanking things away from us. Bah!
You around on Friday night for sebp and messiah j? Crawdaddy? ?

John Cav said...

Aoife: Bah indeed! The best thing about those fake gun fights is that doing that actually works. I've put it into practice many times... Us males, quite a simple breed!

Afraid I won't be around for SEBP and MJEX. Starting a new job in Galway tomorrow. I'll hopefully be up in De Big Schmoke for The Go! Team, Cadence Weapon and the lads on the 21st though... It will be an unreal gig.

I missed A-Trak & Co on Sunday night too, which was a total pisser. Even after winning the free tickets on Nialler9. Alas, a blog comments form is not the place to discuss the reasons for my inability to attend... Messy :)

gimme a minute said...

This depresses me. I remember my first time seeing Spaced. The one where Daisy throws a housewarming party and the newspaper boy offers her a tic tac and she decides to just do a half.

It was my life, up there on the little box.

Stupid Americans, messing with my memories.

AstonishingSodApe said...

The blank space that follows this sentence is the only way I can express my rage at this heinous decision.


aoife mc said...

Shame about missing the gig - the rest of the night was rubbish to be honest, but mehdi restored my faith in djs.
Tonight should be good fun, but the cadence weapon and go!team will be a mighty gig all right.
Have a good one anyway, you'll have to tell me outside the blogging comment facility what happened to you after I greet you with a fake gun shot dancey thing.

John Cav said...

Gimme: Definitely one of my favourite one-liners in that show... Although I never laughed as much as when I first heard the following: "This is Mike. He once stole a tank and tried to invade Paris."


Astonishingsodape: They most certainly are a bunch of bastards. Stupid and greedy bastards at that!

Aoife: I'll be seeing ya then sure. Touch wood, fingers crossed and all that jazz :)

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