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Spaced Coming to DVD, American Version Plows On Without Pegg's Involvement

Good: Spaced Is Coming to DVD! Bad: American Version Still Excludes Simon Pegg

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,


He recently posted on his website,

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?


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nikkih nikkih 9 years
Thanks, Buzz. I can't wait to see it, either! The trailer had me rolling!! :P
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Yum — Yup, just 14 episodes in total. nikkih — That movie Run, Fat Boy, Run is opening in the U.S. on March 21, and I can't wait! It was supposed to come out last October, but they pushed it to March so we've been waiting a looooooong time for this.
nikkih nikkih 9 years
Boo, Fox. But, I'm not surprised they would pull something like this. On the up side, it's good we get to finally get Spaced on DVD! I wonder when the movie David Schwimmer directed with Simon starring is going to come out? It looked hilarious!
Food Food 9 years
first of all yay for spaced on dvd!! my region free dvd player is bust and I want my spaced! secondly, 14 episodes? Isn't it more than that? was it really only 14 episodes? will it be the big two season box with all the extras? thirdly, why remake spaced? why? having said that, you know i'll check it out due to sheer curiosity factor alone.
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
Good point megmccoy, anyone who is familiar with Spaced is going to be annoyed with the fact that Pegg and Wright are not involved, and then the rest of America won't care (or get it probably). I don't understand why they're doing this. Yeah, Fox makes me so angry sometimes.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
No! I don't understand how they think they can appropriate a show, call it a remake, cash in on a name that isn't really even known widely in America, and then not respect what made it good in the first place!!!!
siren6 siren6 9 years
Why remake something that was perfect the first time? And without the blessing or involvement of the creative team behind it? FOX should have already been shot for canceling Firefly (and Futurama, etc..), but seriously FOX, stop.
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