Paul Feig’s Greatest Misses

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The New York Times Magazine profiled Paul Feig this weekend and found a deeply disappointed man. That’s because, despite great success working on the crème de la crème of TV (The Office, 30 Rock, Mad Men), Feig apparently can’t shake off the continued failures of his personal projects — most famously, the beloved Freaks and Geeks. Feig lets the Times in on a few of his unfilmed, unwatched creations — and some sound kind of great. Actually, there are a few we'd genuinely like to see!

What: Other Space, about a spaceship that gets pulled into an alternate universe.
Why we want to see it: Feig called it as a sci-fi version of The Office.
Why we never will: NBC bought it, but the project stalled when Feig declined to shoot it as a traditional sitcom.

What: Nice Guys, about, according to Feig, “decent, kind of nerdy people in their 20s who are trying to date.”
Why we want to see it: We’re sort of fantasizing this as the geeks from Freaks and Geeks all grown up and sharing an apartment in New York. Maybe Sam Weir could have even given a more mature Cindy Sanders another shot.
Why we never will: HBO bought it but never filmed it; they wanted something with more “edge.”

What: The original version of Unaccompanied Minors, a movie Feig directed about children stuck in an airport over Christmas.
Why we want to see it: The movie was originally inspired by a "This American Life" segment, in which a woman told the story of the Christmas she got stuck in the airport while traveling from one of her divorced parent's houses to the other, alongside a bunch of other kids in the same jam.
Why we never will: A Warner Bros. exec, surely playing to stereotype, jutted in with the prescient “the divorce thing is such a downer!” This was most likely the same exec responsible for casting Wilmer Valderrama.

What: A commercial a 14-year-old Feig shot for his father’s army-surplus store.
Why we want to see it: Feig, dressed in a Steve Martin–inspired three-piece white suit and sporting a heavy lisp, apparently stumbles through the pronunciation of the store’s name over and over.
Why we never will: Good question. Send us a copy, Paul!

The Trouble With Paul Feig [NYTM]