I have to confess that my first reaction to reading the recent news about OCN remaking Life on Mars was a horrified “NO WAY!!” Let’s be real here, Korea’s track record with remakes is pretty awful. I don’t want them anywhere near this show. And it’s the Overly Cruel Network to boot. Ottokke!
Life on Mars is one of my all time fave western shows. It wasn’t perfect by any means and they rather dropped the ball at the S2 ending but I loved it to bits and have rewatched it several times. It has one of the best OSTs too, so good! Yeah, I own the DVD boxsets, companion books and wrote miles about it. I was pretty active in the fandom too, something that doesn’t happen very often. I even took part in the TRA (LoM fandom forum, The Railway Arms) meet-up in Manchester. Which was all kinds of fun btw. We got mentioned in the local newspaper, ha. 😀 It’s been more than 10 years but I still look back on those days with real fondness. It was a rather uniq experience, for me anyway. The fandom was active, friendly, rather homey and never very big – I liked that. It was also nice how some of the people involved in the production took time to interact with us. E.g Dean Andrews who played DS Ray Carling sometimes posted tidbits on the forum.
LoM had a great cast, John Simm and Phil Glenster were especially good, so anyone who takes on the roles of Sam and Gene Genie will have rather big shoes to fill in. Of course it is always possible that OCN manages not to botch up the story but I’m not holding my breath. We’ll see, I guess.