Spaced is -- was -- a brilliant one-camera sitcom about two 30-something slackers in the late 1990s who pass their days in a haze of self-delusion and "Star Wars" references. In fact, "Spaced" may have more mentions of Star Wars than any show in the history of television, including a running gag about the terribleness of "Phanton Menace." It ran for a mere 14 episodes over two seasons, in the enviable Brit style of not stringing out shows until their ratings and/or quality decline.
While "The Office" has shown that good UK -> US remakes are possible, that show was wise enough to enlist creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to consult on the transition. No such luck with "Spaced." Pegg and his co-creator Edgar Wright were not invited to work on the new show, virtually ensuring its crapitude.
Wright writes on his blog:
We've gone long enough preserving the memory of the original by not doing a third series, not to mention turning down SHAUN TV versions and sequels. Getting involved with this would be a insult to the fans who've supported the show for nearly ten years.Check out below a tiny eyedropper of Spaced goodness below -- it has inspired me and missus to do a series of totally aweome pantomimed gun battles. And for god sakes, get yourself a region-free DVD player and order up the original before the craptacular forces of American television takes a dump on what once was.
Put simply I wouldn't want to get involved in a new version of the show for fear of it being our very own PHANTOM MENACE.
UPDATE: At least there's one piece of good news. Variety reports that the original is "almost set to be released Stateside, after a long delay over the clearance of music rights."