Amazon to remake cult British comedy series for its free Prime Video channel
Amazon has lifted the lid on a bunch of latest series in improvement for its just lately rebranded Freevee service, together with a US remake of cult British comedy present Inside No. 9.
Previously generally known as IMDb TV (which itself was rebranded from IMDb Freedive in 2019), Freevee is Amazon’s free, ad-supported video channel, out there to Amazon account holders within the US and UK by means of the Prime Video web site or app.
Amazon just lately pledged to improve the platform’s slate of free-to-watch authentic content material by 70% in 2022, and the corporate’s newest announcement reveals the names of a number of exhibits it hopes will contribute to reaching that bold goal within the coming months.
Among the many newly unveiled tasks are a second season of Bosch: Legacy, which has been renewed forward of its premiere on Could 6, and series orders for current unscripted specials America’s Check Kitchen: The Subsequent Technology and Play-Doh Squished.
By far probably the most attention-grabbing of the bunch, although, is Amazon’s deliberate remake of Inside No. 9. Having run for six seasons (between 2014 and 2021) on UK channel BBC One, the anthology series tells varied tales that, regardless of that includes totally different characters and settings, are all linked in a roundabout way by the quantity 9 (and, by the way, a brass statue of a hare).
The series was – and can proceed to be – written by British actors Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, who additionally function its solely recurring solid members. Throughout its 37 episodes, Inside No. 9 has featured cameo appearances from the likes of Sir Derek Jacobi, Helen McCrory, Gemma Arterton and Rory Kinnear.
Amazon’s US-focused remake is being developed by Lionsgate Tv and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions (the duo accountable for CBS comedy Ghosts), although we don’t count on it to arrive till not less than the tip of the yr.
Saying the present’s improvement, Lauren Anderson, Co-Head of Content material and Programming at Freevee, mentioned: “We would like to do creative, noisy, attention-grabbing tv and [Inside No. 9] is one in every of one. We hope we are able to make a model that’s worthy of the legacy.”
Evaluation: a historical past of imitation
American leisure studios have a historical past of discovering success by fishing from Britain’s comedy pond. NBC’s adaptation of BBC sitcom The Workplace is the foremost instance of a British show-turned-overseas sensation, although Netflix’s Home of Playing cards and HBO’s Veep additionally owe their existence to UK originals.
Amazon will subsequently be hoping it strikes the identical gold with Inside No. 9, even when the present’s exclusivity to Freevee limits its mainstream enchantment (such is the irony of free programming within the age of streaming providers).
Having mentioned that, Inside No. 9 received’t mark the primary time Amazon has tailored a world leisure property. An English-language remake of acclaimed French comedy series Name My Agent! – which initially aired on Netflix – just lately got here to Prime Video, AMC Plus and Sundance Now (relying in your area), for occasion, whereas the corporate additionally has expertise respiratory new life into ageing franchises like Jack Reacher and Lord of the Rings.
After all, it stays to be seen whether or not Amazon’s Inside No. 9 adaptation will recapture the magic of its cult-status authentic – however not less than you received’t have to pay to discover out.
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