A US remake of Misfits could enter production later this year.
It was first announced in October that Gossip Girl co-creator Josh Schwartz was in talks to adapt the E4 drama. Clerkenwell Films, the company behind the UK series, has now confirmed that a deal has been struck with Schwartz’s Fake Empire production company.
“Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) has co-written an American pilot of Misfits with [UK creator] Howard Overman,” the company wrote on its website. “Production is anticipated in 2012 / early 2013.” A US broadcaster for the Misfits remake has yet to be confirmed.
A fourth series of the UK original will debut on E4 in late 2012, with three new series regulars being introduced to replace departing stars Iwan Rheon (Simon) and Antonia Thomas (Alisha). Joe Gilgun recently announced that he will reprise his role as Rudy in the new episodes- “I’m looking forward to[the next series ‘cos there’s going to be some new characters and I think that’s a really good thing,” said Gilgun. “It’ll give the show a fresh outlook.”
At least this isn’t being murdered by MTV (so far, sigh). Josh Schwartz has some form with scifi (Chuck) and he’s a dab hand at snappy dialogue (every production of his, ever) so that’s two ticks in his favour. The real test may lie with what network picks it up- basic cable would be my hope (FX in particular) but The CW likes teen-targeted scifi/fantasy too. I predict the major networks will pass it up (well Fox might take a closer look but the teen angle will probs put them off). Basic cable would allow it to remain that much more dirty (and swearier!), and in its current style/format appears cheap enough for that level of production to sustain. Basic cable also equals short seasons (12-ish episodes each) as opposed to the major networks 22-ish episode seasons- quality over quantity! Of the premium channels, Showtime have had great success with porting Shameless to the USA and could probably give Misfits a fair go. Just praying rn that NBC doesn’t pick it up as a Heroes doppelgänger…
Source: Digital Spy