Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Life on Mars or Young Americans?

According to Variety.com, Ally McBeal creator David E Kelley is developing a US version of the hit BBC series Life on Mars...

Alphabet lands on 'Mars' • Kelley gets 'Life' support at ABC

David E. Kelley is crossing the Pond for inspiration, landing format rights to buzzworthy BBC skein Life on Mars and setting it up at as a one-hour drama at ABC.

Mars, from U.K.-based Kudos Film & Television, revolves around a modern-day police detective who finds himself transported back to 1973. Kelley will write and exec produce the pilot via his company's overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.

Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone of Kudos will also serve as exec producers. Alphabet has ordered a pilot for fall 2007, with a significant penalty attached if the project doesn't move to series.


I loved Life on Mars when it screened earlier this year. It'll be interesting to see how the show changes for a US audience - assuming the pilot gets picked up. A big slice of the show's appeal was its contemporary take on archetypal 70s cop show The Sweeney. What will Kelley use as his reference point - Starsky and Hutch, or the Streets of San Francisco? Actually, the latter sounds kind of cool, especially if each section of the show begins with captions announcing Act Three or Act Four.

Ahh, A Quinn Martin Production - I'm getting nostalgic already...

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