You ever watch “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and think, “This needs more French”?
If so, then oh boy, you’re not going to believe this.
Quebec broadcast company Quebecor Content has purchased adaptation rights to NBC’s hit sitcom. A trailer for the new series, titled “Escouade 99” (“Squad 99” in English), dropped last week. It looks to be a shot-for-shot remake of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” but in French, and with more overtly good-looking actors.
“The trailer is a surreal watch,” Den of Geek’s Kirsten Howard wrote, “and we could attempt to pick apart why it makes us feel so dizzy and weird, but it’s easier for you to just watch the thing.”
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According to HuffPost, “Escouade 99” stars actors Mickaël Gouin, Bianca Gervais, Mylène Mackay, Widemir Normil and Guy Jodoin, and follows “a group of Quebec City detectives in their unusual daily lives, between police adventures, beautiful (and less beautiful) discomforts and biting aftershocks.”
Reactions to the trailer have been, well, mixed. Melissa Fumero, who plays Amy Santiago on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” noted how two of the show’s lead Latina characters — Santiago and her fellow cop Rosa Diaz (played by Stephanie Beatriz) — have been replaced by white actresses in the Canadian version.
“While I understand the Latina population is v small in Quebec (& how many of them are funny actors?) the Amy and Rosa roles could’ve gone to ANY BIPOC so it’s disappointing to see that missed opportunity,” Fumero tweeted.
It’s all quite strange. But the trajectory for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has always been a little fraught. After five seasons on Fox, the show was cancelled. NBC then picked up “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” where it’s been for the past two seasons. Season 8 is scheduled to premiere sometime in late 2020.
Recent social movements around police reform have brought the show’s content and tone into question. The show’s lead actor, Andy Samberg, recently told People magazine, “We’re all in touch and kind of discussing how you make a comedy show about police right now, and if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally OK about.”
During a recent appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Terry Crews, who plays Lieutenant Terry Jeffords, said, “We had some sombre talks and some really, really eye-opening conversation about how to handle this new season.”
Until “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” returns in late 2020, fans will have to make do with reruns — as well as “Escouade 99,” which is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 17.