U.K. comedy being remade for U.S.
Fox has locked its orbit on “Spaced,” a U.K. comedy being retooled for American auds.Net has given a put pilot order to the project, originally created by the “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” team of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (as well as Jessica Stevenson). “Will & Grace” alum Adam Barr is set to adapt the show for the U.S. “Spaced” revolves around a young man and woman (played by Pegg and Stevenson in the U.K. version) who pose as a couple in order to rent a cheap apartment. They’re soon surrounded by colorful neighbors and eventually begin a flirtation. The single-camera comedy is particularly known in Britain for its frenzied use of pop culture references — particularly when it comes to sci-fi, horror, comicbooks and videogames. Wonderland Sound and Vision is behind the project, as well as Warner Bros. TV (where Wonderland is based) and Granada, which holds format rights. Wonderland TV prexy Peter Johnson first discovered the show while talking to someone at a comicbook store; as a “Shaun of the Dead” fan, he quickly looked to seal the rights. Wonderland’s McG and Granada’s Robert Green will exec produce alongside Barr; the extent of Pegg’s and Wright’s involvement is still unclear. But Johnson likens the effort to NBC’s adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ and Stephen Merchant’s “The Office” for the U.S., with Greg Daniels in charge. “Spaced” has been nominated for a BAFTA and an Intl. Emmy Award, among other honors. Channel 4 aired seven episodes of season one in 1999 and another seven segs of a second season in 2001. Barr’s other credits include “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Desperate Housewives.”
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