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     Thursday, August 16 2007 @ 07:12 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis]
    [Quote  by:  mad4plaid] Here's a quick link to info on what happened to the US version:

    Life on Mars for ABC

    Jason O'Mara.... yum.


    Thanks for the update on the US remake. I had to look up who Jason O'Mara is as the name did not ring any bells. After seeing him, I am not sure that his picture rings any bells either. But I was somewhat surprised after seeing him as he is very different in looks than John Simm... at least in terms of physic.

    Cheers,
    Louis


    More info here:-

    'Colm Meaney has been in final talks to star in the pilot episode for the US version of hit BBC show Life On Mars.'

    EDIT - to play the Gene Hunt character

    Full Story:-

    Here on Digital Spy

    And Colm Meaney - best known from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    IMDB

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     Thursday, August 16 2007 @ 07:41 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  daveac]
    More info here:-

    'Colm Meaney has been in final talks to star in the pilot episode for the US version of hit BBC show Life On Mars.'

    EDIT - to play the Gene Hunt character

    Full Story:-

    Here on Digital Spy

    And Colm Meaney - best known from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    IMDB

    Cheers, daveac


    That's very interesting. I think somewhere in the back of my mind I always thought Gene Hunt had a sortof Colm Meaney look to him. I could definitely see him play this role. It could be a 70s version of the character he played in Con Air. Smile

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     Thursday, August 16 2007 @ 10:30 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  daveac]

    And Colm Meaney - best known from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    IMDB

    Cheers, daveac


    Yep, originally on Star Trek: The Next Generation before being whisked away to help DS9 get it's footing.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Thursday, August 16 2007 @ 12:27 PM EDT


    Colm Meaney, very cool. A few years back it seemed he was in close to every third movie release, and it was a good thing. The man is a very good character actor and I think he may actualy give a Stateside LOM a chance of being done right. Bravo, good call.

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    Mike M.

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     Thursday, August 16 2007 @ 01:35 PM EDT
    After seeing Colm in Layer Cake, this is definitely a good thing - he'd be great as Hunt (DI Hunt becomes what? Sgt Hunt? Lt. Hunt?)

    I'll have to try this at least once, I guess.

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     Thursday, August 16 2007 @ 03:08 PM EDT
    Colm Meaney? Oh, I think this is a big mistake. Looks like we're trying to go for a poor man's Phillip Glenister, rather than just taking the basic concept and putting an American spin on it. The other problem in casting Meaney is that he will inevitably get press coverage as "the guy from Star Trek". Combing that with the title, Life on Mars, and ya got yerself a big ol' marketing problem in attracting casual viewers.

    I think this version is now officially DOA, unless it catches a very lucky break on the date of first transmission. If it actually has to compete against other shows, it's a goner.

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     Tuesday, August 21 2007 @ 04:41 PM EDT
    how do you mean "poor man's Philip Glenister?" I'm guessing you don't mean it literally, as I took the DI Hunt character as a definite working class man who was quite familiar with how things worked on the street.

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     Wednesday, August 22 2007 @ 05:01 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  mad4plaid] how do you mean "poor man's Philip Glenister?" I'm guessing you don't mean it literally, as I took the DI Hunt character as a definite working class man who was quite familiar with how things worked on the street.
    I mean he's like Glenister in the same way that Korbel is like Dom Perignon. It just seems like Meaney is cast too closely to the source material. In the long history of shows based on other material, they tend to do better when there's an attempt to make them notably different than the source. All in the Family and Sanford and Son take the source as a starting point, not a destination to be copied; Fred Sanford is not Albert Steptoe, for instance. But when you look at Dirty Dancing or Grease, they try too hard to cast the characters so they look and feel like the originals. And they fail, cause there's no unique spin on things. Now, we're a long way from the thing actually being aired, so maybe it'll turn out okay. But at this stage it's not looking like an Americanization but an attempt to replicate a British show with similar-looking Irish actors who'd take the job.

    Personally, I think they're making a big mistake even calling it Life on Mars, and getting locked into using Bowie. Bowie wasn't that big here. I think they'd be better served scoring the whole thing with predominantly American music and getting some other song to serve as the theme.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." JNT, 1986
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     Wednesday, August 22 2007 @ 05:56 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] Colm Meaney? Oh, I think this is a big mistake. Looks like we're trying to go for a poor man's Phillip Glenister, rather than just taking the basic concept and putting an American spin on it.

    Or is it rich man's Phillip Glenister?

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     Thursday, August 23 2007 @ 10:20 AM EDT


    Here's what I would do... I would cast Philip Glenister to play the Gene Hunt character. While I was at it, I would also cast John Simm, Liz White, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, etc. I would set it in Manchester. I would retain the title of the show and use the Bowie and the all the other music relevant for the time period.

    Err... Arh heck, I would just show the first two series already made as they stand up on their own. There's no need for an "American version" of it.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Thursday, August 23 2007 @ 01:46 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis]

    Here's what I would do... I would cast Philip Glenister to play the Gene Hunt character. While I was at it, I would also cast John Simm, Liz White, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, etc. I would set it in Manchester. I would retain the title of the show and use the Bowie and the all the other music relevant for the time period.

    Err... Arh heck, I would just show the first two series already made as they stand up on their own. There's no need for an "American version" of it.

    Cheers,
    Louis


    now THAT is a brilliant idea!!

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     Friday, August 24 2007 @ 03:15 AM EDT
    I'd be surprised if "Life On Mars" is used as the title of the US version, though. It seems far too esoteric for a US TV series.

    I thought Colm Heaney's performance in Con Air gives a clue to how he could make this role work.

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