Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg in “Spaced.”
From Friday’s The Oklahoman:
By Matthew Price
The cult-hit British sitcom “Spaced” arrived on DVD this week. The series, co-created by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, featured London twentysomethings posing as a couple to save on rent.
Pegg played aspiring comic-book artist Tim Bisley, and Hynes played aspiring writer Daisy Steiner.
Hynes has stayed busy post-“Spaced” — when she called to talk to The Oklahoman, she had just finished rehearsals for the evening at the Old Vic in London for “The Norman Conquests,” a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn. She’ll take a break from rehearsals to visit America this week. Today, she’s at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and she’ll spend Sunday in Austin, Texas, as part of the “Spaced Invasion.” On Sunday at 5 p.m., Hynes and the other “Spaced” creators will be at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, at 320 E 6th St. in Austin for a marathon “Spaced” screening.
“I feel a bit guilty for having a week in America, but it’s a good reason. I couldn’t miss this,” she said.
“Spaced” has been long-requested on Region 1 DVD, leading some to take serious steps to see the program.
“This guy in Austin said that his local video stop started stocking multiregional DVDs in order to sell them to customers who wanted to watch ‘Spaced,’” Hynes said.
Like “The Office,” there had been plans for an Americanized version of “Spaced,” this one developed by director McG. Hynes wasn’t too upset about the failure of the American version to make it on a broadcast schedule, as neither she nor Pegg nor Wright were involved in the remake. Still, she would like to return to “Spaced” in some way.
“Basically, at this point, I have no idea how, when or if Spaced will continue,” she said. “I think Simon’s quite clear he doesn’t want to make a film of it. I think a film would work, but it’s a logistical thing as well. Simon’s signed up for the next few ‘Star Treks’, and Edgar’s making films, and there’s no way we could do it without the three of us, so who knows? I’d love to revive the characters and write the show again, it was great.”
One possibility might be to continue “Spaced” as a comic book. Hynes is a comic-book fan, naming Daniel Clowes’s “Eightball,” Terry Moore’s “Strangers in Paradise,” and Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s “Preacher” as favorites.
“I’ve got a friend, Glyn Dillon, who’s a great graphic novelist,” Hynes said. “He was involved with ‘Tank Girl,’ and we were talking about doing a graphic novel about something different, but I was thinking about talking to him about it, because he’s based in England and it could work. It would be a way of keeping the stories alive, and the characters alive.”
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