David Mitchell and Robert Webb have helped mine comedy gold at the forefront of the nine series of Peep Show we’ve had in the UK, with the show drawing to a close in December 2015. But there’s been fairly regular talk of a possible US remake of the show. Talk that, according to co-creator Sam Bain, has now come to an end.
Bain had been working with another co-creator of the show, Jesse Armstrong, on a version that was pitched to the Starz network in America. But he’s now revealed that Starz has decided against pressing ahead with the project. The US remake of Peep Show, to all intents and purposes, is dead.
Bain acknowledged the difficulty in adapting the show for America, noting in particular that “with Peep Show, we wrote the characters for Mitchell and Webb – we met them first and designed some characters that they’d be funny playing. When you have to change the cast, that’s a really big issue, I think”.
It’s not the first time that a planned Peep Show remake has failed, but a future attempt to get one going hasn’t been ruled out.