There's good news and not-such-good news today as far as Simon Pegg and his British comedic series Spaced are concerned. Good news first: At long last, the Spaced DVDs will make their way to the U.S.! MTV Movies Blog learned from Pegg himself that the DVDs of the 14-episode series will be released here on July 23, 2008. Hooray!
As for the bad news, it looks like Fox is going to plow ahead with their Americanized version of Spaced — but without Simon Pegg or Edgar Wright's involvement. Pegg is none too pleased. Back in October, when the stench of this possible project wafted our way, many of you expressed your own outrage at the prospect of an American version of Spaced, especially one that didn't benefit from Pegg and Wright's creativity, or even their blessing. Now that the pilot is a sure thing, Pegg's indignation at not being consulted — but having his name used in press items about the Fox show — has only increased. To see what he's saying about it, read more.
He recently posted on his website, Peggster.net:
My main problem with the notion of a Spaced remake is the sheer lack of respect that Granada/ Wonderland/Warner Bros have displayed in respectively selling out and appropriating our ideas without even letting us know. . . It is this flagrant snub and effective vote of no confidence in the very people that created the show, that has caused such affront at our end. If they don't care about the integrity of the original, why call it Spaced? Why attempt to find some validation by including mine and Edgar's names in the press release as if we were involved?
Frustrating, indeed. At least the U.S. version of The Office has included Ricky Gervais from the start. Do you think an American Spaced has a chance of survival without Pegg's involvement?