Causing many to partake in a pygmy victory dance, Nikki Finke reports that the American version of Spaced—which we discussed previously and feared the script of the pilot previously as well–is DOA. Fox said no thanks to the pilot. So rejoice in the style of your choosing. Wright and Pegg will be, we’re certain.
For those wondering how the Spaced American version might turn out (which we did warn you about earlier), we point you to Collider, where they’ve posted a review of the American first episode. Which seems a lot like the British first episode:
Some of the scenes have been switched around, a few jokes and lines changed, but for all I know, Barr could have just grabbed the original screenplay for the original series and mixed it around in Final Draft.
But then came page 23.
And then…the unimpressed needle went into the plaid. For the full tale of woe, check it out here.
The good news is that Spaced, the series that gave us all kinds of cool stuff, like Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, Jessica Stevenson and scads more, is finally making its way to Region 1 DVD. MTV reports that Edgar Wright told them that July 23rd is the date. Not available for pre-order on Amazon yet, but we’ll let you know, in the vain hope you’ll buy it through here so we can keep ourselves in espresso.
But all isn’t the best of news: there’s going to be a U.S. version of Spaced. Fox is doing it and while the creators not being involved is one thing (because as Simon explained they signed away their rights), I’m just sort of pissed that Stevenson (now Hynes) was left out of it, because she was one of the creators. Just another example of something really simple pissing a bunch of people off.
Personally, I don’t have a dog in this fight because I don’t watch American television anyway. And if Wright, Pegg and Hynes stood to make some coin off of it, then I would root for the show’s success. But at this point, I just figure the DVD of the original is the safest. And damn, it’s funny. (Don’t believe me? Watch the first episode.)
The first episode of Spaced. Watching this, you’ll see a lot of familiar faces: Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, naturally, plus Bill Bailey, Nick Frost, Peter Serafinowicz, and briefly, Edgar Wright, who also directed. For those who don’t know, this is the series that would eventually spawn Shaun of the Dead.
Found via Screenhead.