BBC Three’s hit comedy series People Just Do Nothing is getting the remake treatment from Amazon Studios.
Co-created by and starring Allan Mustafa as MC Grindah and co-starring Hugo Chegwin as DJ Beats, what started as a mockumentary series on YouTube about pirate radio station Kurupt FM has been nurtured by the BBC, growing from a Comedy Feed pilot in 2012 to a flagship comedy – becoming the first BBC Three show to premiere in full on BBC iPlayer along the way. After three successful runs, the show was quickly renewed for a fourth and fifth season in 2016, going on to win the BAFTA for Best Scripted Comedy in May 2017. While that fifth season will be its last, though, the show may well live on across the pond, as Amazon Studios has ordered a pilot based on the series.
The remake would relocate events to North Las Vegas, a town of “mini malls and vast parking lots, where the lights of The Strip act as a beacon of fame and glory that’s just out of reach”. The series will track the stumbling ambitions of the working-class DJs and explore how the relationships between their friends and family evolve as the reality of peoples’ dreams starts to hit.
The pilot will be written and exec-produced by Mehar Sethi, a writer for shows including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and BoJack Horseman. In a promising sign, Chegwin, Mustafa and their co-stars Asim Chaudhry and Steve Stamp will also exec-produce the pilot.
The news continues Amazon’s relationship with BBC Three, with Fleabag previously snapped up by Amazon Prime Video as an exclusive in the USA.
Season 5 of People Just Do Nothing, meanwhile, will air on BBC Two later this year, and will also be available online through BBC Three on BBC iPlayer.