June 15, 2008
DIDN'T THEY LEARN ANYTHING FROM CRACKER?:
Life on Mars US remake stalls in production (DailyTelegraph, 15/06/2008)
An American remake of the BBC time-travelling police drama Life on Mars is in jeopardy, as cast and crew leave and executives ditch the series's pilot episode.
The original British version already has a cult following in the States following a run on BBC America, and the ABC network had high hopes for their adaptation, in which the action is transported to a politically incorrect and male-dominated Los Angeles police force, circa 1972.
However since filming the pilot, the show's executives have elected to start again and move the show to New York, scene of iconic 1970s movies such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and Shaft. The show's writer-producer David E Kelley, who is behind hit TV series including Ally McBeal, is reported to have quit and major changes to the cast are also rumoured.
Just run the original, you're not going to improve on it. Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2008 8:43 AM