This is a subject that has annoyed me for quite a long time: The need for Americans remake foreign films and television programmes, so that they can watch American Actors going through the same script, with a few additional Americanisms thrown in. Why??? I mean, I can sort of understand the desire for remakes, if the film in question is in a foreign language, but even then, what's wrong with subtitles - you can all read can't you? But I am quite perplexed by the latest move by Fox to buy up the rights to The Office and remake it in American Anyone who has seen the Ricky Gervaise version knows that he plays the smarmy self-unaware pratt boss, with just the right amount of pathos. David Brent is an icon! And all the other characters are just spot on too. There may be a few very specific cultural allusions that you wouldn't understand unless you live in England, but I honestly can't see why that would stop you enjoying the programme as a whole. What would be your reaction if you heard that an English version of a really iconic American film/series like Godfather or Friends was being made?
So, what I'm asking is, as Americans, is this something that you think there's a demand for? The 'Americanising' of everything before you can watch it, I mean? Or do you think this trend is merely commercially driven? The media corps spotting a forumula that has already proved to be successful and duplicating that for money? Because, I have to say, from where I'm standing, it does seem incredibly arrogant The rest of the world watches PLENTY of American stuff, but you can't reciprocate just a little bit.
I am thinking of writing an article of this kind for an American mag... is this something you have seen discussed before? Your views please