Misfits is the latest UK drama to be remade for the US.
E4’s superhero comedy drama is crossing the Atlantic in a translation headed by Gossip Girl co-creator Josh Schwartz. His production company Fake Empire has finalised the rights to the show under Warner Brothers, although no network is yet attached.
The UK version’s creator Howard Overman is on board for the remake, co-writing the translation and serving as an executive producer according to New York Magazine.
Misfits centres on a group of young people on community service, who gain superpowers after being caught in an electrical storm. It is the latest cult UK drama to cross the Atlantic, following successful remakes of Being Human and Shameless. MTV’s version of Skins fared less well, and was cancelled after one season.
Overman himself has expressed caution over a US version of the show, saying last year: “There’s been a lot of interest in it and talk about maybe doing an American version. But you just have to make sure it’s done in the right way. The idea was always to do a very British take on the superhero drama… and would that translate to America? I don’t know.”
Misfits returns for its third series on E4 on November 11.