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audra trower williams
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posted 19 March 2005 07:04 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
God. They're making an American version of The Office.

Click if you dare.

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Doug
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posted 19 March 2005 07:08 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I really don't think that's going to work.

It won't work for the same reason that an American version of Mr. Bean wouldn't work, the cultural differences. Unless they radically change the script, the first ten minutes should lead to two lawsuits and a fist-fight if it's to be at all believable in an American setting.

[ 19 March 2005: Message edited by: Doug ]


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Stargazer
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posted 19 March 2005 07:12 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think I'll take a pass.
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Jesse Dignity
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posted 20 March 2005 10:20 AM      Profile for Jesse Dignity   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If you'll permit me a nerd moment, even though US remakes of foreign films and TV have been totally de rigeur for a while now, this specifically reminds me of the portion of Robert Llewellyn's Red Dwarf memoir, [u]The Man In The Rubber Mask[/u] that dealt with the attempt to fly a pilot of THAT show, remade on a US network.

He was the only cast import from the UK show and his description of how fundamentally the US producers failed to get what they were making, even with the show's progenitors slash writing* team (Rob Grant & Doug Naylor) on board. The scene where he describes meeting the US cast only to discover that Dave Lister, this character:

was to be played by some tall, clean cut and puffy-haired white dude, and that The Cat, this character:

was to be played by this actress:

...that's when he was kind of like oh, it's going to be like that then is it America?

*that's progenitors/writing, not uh.. slash writing


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Briguy
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posted 21 March 2005 09:23 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As much as I like Steve Carrell, there is no way, I repeat no way, that he'll be able to recreate the cringeworthy genius of David Brent (Ricky Gervais). As well, 90% of the pure laughs (i.e., the stuff that didn't make the viewer cringe) of the show were generated by Tim's (Martin Freeman) ability to spot the bullshit around him, and to mock said bullshit. I'll be very surprised if the American actor cast in that role will be able to pull it off with the same dry attitude.

Good luck to 'em. They'll need bucketloads.


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Walker
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posted 24 March 2005 12:55 AM      Profile for Walker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's just so sad isn't it. Why don't they just get their own friggin' ideas?

On the other hand, it's also goes to show why the rest of the world has such a low opinion of US culture. Like someone's idea? Steal it, and claim it as your own.

On a side note, have you seen Martin Freeman (Tim in the original) in the new movie version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Not out yet in Aus, but I saw a preview on the NYT website.


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maestro
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posted 24 March 2005 04:36 AM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There is a great Japanese movie called "Shall We Dance". It's the story of a middle-aged executive who is feeling life is passing him by.

Every day he rides home on the train. At one stop he can look up into the window of a building and see this beautiful girl. The window sign pronounces the establishment to be a dance studio. The man eventually gets up the courage to stop in, and signs up for dance lessons.

In any case, the movie plays on the fact that public displays of affection at the time were considered taboo in Japanese society.

Ball room dancing requires the participants to put their arms around each other (say, maybe those codgers had an idea...) so ballrooom dancing in Japan had a little touch of the devil about it. The movie is really very innocent.

So the Americans remake it with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere in the major roles.

The societal innocence that 'made' the story doesn't exist in the US, to say nothing of the innocence of Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, so the whole thing falls falt on its ass.


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asterix
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posted 25 March 2005 03:32 PM      Profile for asterix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Anyone remember the American remake of Coupling? (You're forgiven if you don't, since it lasted what, two weeks?)
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thwap
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posted 25 March 2005 03:43 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"All in the Family" was based on a British show: "Til Death Do Us Part"

and "Three's Company" was based on the British "Man About the House."

but i don't know anythign about the british shows, and "Three's Company" was aboslutely brilliant.

Man, i didn't know how they'd meet the challenge of providing a landlord as entertaining as the Ropers, but Don Knotts as Mr. Hurley, ... man!


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posted 25 March 2005 04:01 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by maestro:
There is a great Japanese movie called "Shall We Dance"...

That was a good one. I especially liked when the detective, hired by the hero's wife to find out what the hero was up to, got hooked and started describing the zen of ballroom dancing.

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FabFabian
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posted 25 March 2005 10:01 PM      Profile for FabFabian        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There went 10 minutes of my life I shall never get back.
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Agent 204
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posted 25 March 2005 10:15 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by maestro:

So the Americans remake it with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere in the major roles.

The societal innocence that 'made' the story doesn't exist in the US, to say nothing of the innocence of Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, so the whole thing falls falt on its ass.


I have to admit that I'm mildly curious about this movie, but only because it was filmed in Winnipeg and I'd be looking for familiar sights.


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voice of the damned
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posted 26 March 2005 03:55 AM      Profile for voice of the damned     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
On the other hand, it's also goes to show why the rest of the world has such a low opinion of US culture. Like someone's idea? Steal it, and claim it as your own.


Stealing the idea? Didn't the producers of the original willingly sell the rights? Shouldn't they be held to some sort of accountability as well, seeing as how they're the ones who have ultimate control over what happens to their product.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 05 April 2005 07:21 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
It won't work for the same reason that an American version of Mr. Bean wouldn't work, the cultural differences.

seven words: the days and nights of molly dodd.

1987, NBC, and it crashed and burned. i was 15, and it convinced me, sadly, that americans don't get bittersweet.


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