'Peep Show' Getting American Remake on Starz
Published Jul 27, 2016It's looking as if the third time's the charm to give Britcom Peep Show an American twist. Following a pair of failed attempts during last decade, it's been announced that the Starz network has put an Americanized version of Mark and Jez's antics into production.
Deadline reports that Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong have signed on as consulting producers for the upcoming U.S. adaptation. It will be written by Eli Jorne, who had been co-showrunning upcoming half-animated, half-live action Fox comedy Son of Zorn before exiting the project in the spring.
"We are hugely relieved to hand over the responsibility of coming up with the dark and twisted thoughts of two terrible men to the extremely funny, dark and twisted Eli Jorne," Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong said in a joint statement.
This isn't the first time a U.S. Peep Show has been put into production, though. Fox had pieced together a failed pilot starring Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki in 2005, while a similarly doomed venture took place at Spike in 2008.
The original UK Peep Show ran for nine seasons between 2003 and 2015, winning multiple awards while chronicling the awkward and terrible, though bitterly humorous lives of Mark Corrigan (a.k.a. actor David Mitchell) and Jeremy "Jez" Usbourne (a.k.a. actor Robert Webb). Judging by the announcement, it looks as if the episode guide from the older series could be followed like scripture.
"I feel lucky to be working with Starz again," Jorne said in a statement, alluding to work he had done for the network's Blunt Talk. "And I'm, of course, grateful to Sam and Jesse for entrusting me with nine seasons' worth of insightful, darkly hilarious material that I can hopefully pass off to American audiences as my own."
An ETA for the upcoming Peep Show has yet to be unveiled.