‘Peep Show’ Is Apparently Copping A US Remake With Gender-Flipped Leads

The American TV industry is apparently not quite done with cult UK series Peep Show just yet, despite some 14-odd years of remake attempts.

Word has emerged that US cable channel FX is having yet another go at remaking the British series, which starred David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Only this time they’ll be flipping the gender script by having it anchored by a pair of female leads.

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Deadline reports that FX has put the remake into development, with Portlandia and Superstore writer/executive producer Karey Dornetto tapped to pen the pilot script.

The unique, POV series originally ran for nine seasons and fifty-four episodes in the UK during its run from 2003 until 2015.

In that time, US TV networks have made three other attempts at remaking the show: Starz made the most recent attempt back in 2016 with no success. That was preceded by Spike TV who attempted to get something off the ground in 2008 but came up short. But the Fox network’s attempt at a pilot in 2005, one that starred Johnny Galecki who later wound up on The Big Bang Theory, stands as one of the most uniquely terrible things ever committed to film.

Take this as a warning: It’s bad. Real bad.

Sam Bain, one of the original creators of Peep Show, penned an article in The Guardian confirming this latest remake and the female lead concept.

People sometimes ask if I look at my earlier work differently now – whether my shows would have been better if they had been more diverse. What would Peep Show have been like with women as the two leads? It’s a great question – and it’s one I’ll shortly have the answer to, because there is a script in development for a U.S. Peep Show with two female leads.

There’s obviously no word on what the show would end up looking like or who would fill lead roles at this stage.

Our take? Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle from PEN15.

Just a thought.