Possibly the most mind-boggling US remake yet.
Trailer for US version of House of Cards
On the one hand, Kevin Spacey and David Fincher are names I feel positively about, and insofar as can be told from the trailer, it appears to have a handle on the spirit of the thing.
On the other, the original is both one of the best things the BBC ever did (seriously, if you like satire/black humour/political thrillers, go see it now), and deeply embedded in the specifics of Westminster parliamentary democracy and the very end of Thatcher's tenure, and translating that to a US context just doesn't compute even slightly.
Link c/o james_nicoll
|Date:||November 16 2012 17:50 (UTC)|| |
I dunno. While I enjoyed House of Cards I doubt it would have naturally fallen into my personal list of Top Ten Best BBC Productions, even if you discount radio. No doubt a lot of that comes from being a nominal American and having been in the US during the entire Thatcher era, so that the specifics you mention are largely obscure to me. Most of what I know of Westminster parliamentary politics, I know from watching Yes, Minister and The Thick of It (both of which likely would be in my top 10) laced with a smidgen of Monty Python and a pinch of Sandbaggers (which only misses the list because it was ITV). So I suspect any nudge-and-a-wink references to real persons were lost on me.
Given that, the trailer for the American version looks pretty likely to me, at least at first blush. Obviously some of the specific offices and mechanisms will have to be shifted, but it looks well targeted to its intended audience -- American fans of political thrillers. As with most American remakes of Brit originals, I'm sure it will have its own flavor, but it sure seems like Spacey hits precisely the right note of cold-blooded calculation and bullet-proof self-interest.
I think it will be really difficult to equal Ian Richardson's performance, or the brilliance of the traps he closes during the show.
If Spacey (and the scriptwriters) find a different way to encompass that character, so that doesn't look like just a copy of Richardson, it might work. But I think this is one case where I'd prefer if this was just "inspired by".
the original is both one of the best things the BBC ever did
...and let's not forget the good timing in that they screened the first episode days
after Thatcher resigned. bluepork
raved about it at the time; I didn't get to see it until a good fifteen or more years later, and whilst I did like it when I saw it, one thing that struck me when I watched it was how the first episode began with ten minutes of solid infodump. Couldn't they have found a better way to get the information across?
(Also, disappointed that the trailer didn't involve the original series' most memorable line.)(seriously, if you like satire/black humour/political thrillers, go see it now),
FWIW, it's also now been rereleased in HD.