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Is there a precedent for casting the same actor in an American remake of a British/foreign television show?

It's quite a rare occurrence, with two major exceptions: comedies and factual programmes. Comedy remakes: Red Dwarf which was remade in the USA (one pilot episode) with Robert Llewellyn as Kryten in ...
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4 scenes from Total Recall: original vs. remake

First of all, you cannot really expect the remake to capture the cult factor of the original. In 2012 you can't expect this movie to be the hilarious "Verhoeveny" 80s/90s Arnie vehicle that ...
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Is Annihilation an original movie, a sequel or a remake?

Annihilation is Alex Garland's (the director) interpretation of the first book of The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. The movie is loosely based around the book Annihilation. Though I'm not ...
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Why do remakes need permission whereas spoofs/parodies don't?

This is a legal question. At least in the US, parody and satire fall under the fair use umbrella of copyright law. A remake requires permission if the material being remade is copyrighted. You can'...
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Is there a precedent for casting the same actor in an American remake of a British/foreign television show?

Anthony Stewart Head, famous for playing Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, plays the character of Stephen Caudwell on Free Agents, the foul-mouthed head of the advertising agency. Two years later, ...
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Are the events depicted in FX's Fargo TV series really true?

Each episode of Fargo TV Series has the following included in the ending credits which states that: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any ...
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First movie remake of an original motion picture

The movie Forbidden Fruit from 1921 is the earliest remake of an original movie that I could find. The film is 87 minutes in length. Forbidden Fruit is a 1921 American drama film directed by Cecil ...
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Is there any difference between Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh?

Mostly, Kabir Singh is a scene to scene copy of Arjun Reddy mostly because the director is same and he is very particular about keeping his story consistent. But as Telegu version is 14 minutes longer ...
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Why are there a lot of Hollywood-remakes of successful non-US-movies?

I suppose another take on this would be that, in most countries, the locals must either be satisfied with only the films produced in their country (e.g. Danes must only consume Danish media) or ...
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Do stars of original series get royalties for reboots or remakes?

No, actors do not get royalties from reboots. The characters are the property of the writer(s), and only they are capable of getting royalties from reboots. Edit: Not sure who flagged this, but ...
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Why are there a lot of Hollywood-remakes of successful non-US-movies?

It's certainly not like "it must always be remade?". But indeed, a lot of movies from other countries do get remade in Hollywood. There could be many reasons for this : 1. Better marketing with ...
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Why do remakes need permission whereas spoofs/parodies don't?

Parody does not need permission because it is protected under "fair use".
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First movie remake of an original motion picture

Intermezzo, a Swedish film from 1936, seems to have an original screenplay co-written by director Gustaf Molander and Gösta Ekman. The movie was then remade three years later in 1939 as an American ...
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Is there a precedent for casting the same actor in an American remake of a British/foreign television show?

The UK series Ultraviolet (late 90's Vampire series) featured Idris Elba. He was cast in the unaired pilot episode of a US remake (as the same character).
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