After giving the concept a number of chances, ABC have finally called time on the planned development of a remake of the classic BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, as the executives of the network reject the concept following their second attempt at a pilot.
The proposed series, which was developed under the fan-chosen title of King of Van Nuys – starred John Leguizamo (‘Del’) and Dustin Ybarra (‘Rodney’) taking on the classic characters in a new setting, alongside Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) as their grandfather, and BJ Bales as their friend ‘Trigger’, in this iteration a ‘ghetto-talking con-man’.
While the first pilot episode of the series was rejected by the network’s executives, ABC president Paul Lee – said to be a huge fan of the original English show, gave the concept a second chance, though the redevelopment is said to have also been rejected, and with no more chances, it has been decided that the project will be dropped completely.
Sir David Jason – who portrayed the original ‘Del’ on the classic BBC sitcom, had previously doubted the remake’s potential, describing the cultural differences as the main reason: “[The original was] so London and so British, [with] its humour. I don’t see that it will travel across the pond. It might work but you’ve got to change it so much that, in the change, in order to Americanise it, do you lose the whole concept of the piece?”
With the actor now proven correct, the project titled Kings of Van Nuys will now be permanently shelved following one too many failures that even a doctor couldn’t help to fix, and will now be having to answer to plenty of ‘I told you sos’ from both sides of the Atlantic…