Arthur redux


Just another short rant about why there is no need to create American versions of British comedies that were close to perfection the first time around. This holds true virtually 100% of the time, whether it be for the big or small screen. All I need to do is utter the words of Death at a Funeral, Fawlty Towers, Red Dwarf, Spaced, Coupling, etc. Ok, The Office worked, but the list of those series that have successfully made the leap across the pond is very, very short. I know you need to give producers the benefit of the doubt, but I see no need for anyone to follow through on the rumor from several years back about an American version of The Vicar of Dibley.

Dudley Moore as the loveable drunk, ArthurWell, this just in from Hollywood. I know I need to withhold judgment but, somehow, I just find it difficult to embrace the news of a re-make of the 1981 classic film, Arthur, that starred Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. It is a star-studded cast, with Russell Brand in the lead role of the rich, happy drunk who must marry the wealthy girl or lose his inheritance, Dame Helen Mirren in the John Gielgud role and, now, Jennifer Garner as the heiress and Nick Nolte as her father. All great talents with Dame Helen Mirren leading the way, but I just don’t see the reasoning behind or the need create this new version.

Ok, I’m done now. Am I missing something here?