When I was in England, I heard about a show called Life on Mars, about a cop in Manchester who is hit by a car and wakes up in the year 1973. I loved every minute of the show, from it’s brilliant acting, storytelling and action, as well as the very real life implications and lessons that it contained. Unfortunately, the show’s creators decided that they would only run the show for 2 seasons of 8 episodes, and it’s since been over for a couple years now.
Now, Life on Mars is coming to the US. I’ve been hearing about this for a little while now, and I’ve been a little hesitant as to the idea of a US remake. Remakes have a very chaotic quality to them. I’m not really a fan of either Office, so I don’t know how they compare, but in my mind, the first show was utterly perfect, and I’m a little worried at how this’ll play out. Over the weekend, the first trailer and footage hit the web:
From the looks of it, this is a direct remake. There are scenes that match the original show really nicely. It looks like they got the look and feel of the show down pretty good, and from what little we see of the cast, it appears that we have a good lineup (although this new guy, Jason O’Mara, who plays the new Sam Tyler doesn’t seem to have the same persona as John Simm)
There’s currently a little trouble with the production of this show – the original producer has since dropped out, and there’s some other minor things as well as some re-tooling that’s going on.
Personally, I hope this hits the big screen, because there are numerous possibilities for this show, especially being in the US, with a very, very different 70s than the UK. I hope that we’ll see some compelling stories about Women’s Rights, the Civil Rights movement, and Vietnam, as those don’t really apply to the UK version, at least not in the same way. This looks to have a lot of potential, and hopefully, it won’t let down.