Misfits to get an American remake

The team behind Gossip Girl will be making the new version of E4's series

Misfits is to get an American remake, with the popular TV series to be adapted for American audiences by the team behind Gossip Girl.

The cast for the American version is yet to be confirmed, but it has been revealed that a mysterious chemical will be behind the characters’ superpowers in the new version, rather than the storm that caused the E4 show’s shenanigans.

The announcement came via Freeform, part of the ABC television group, who in turn are owned by Disney. The company was rebranded from ABC Family in October 2015, with their schedule of original programming currently including Pretty Little Liars, Recovery Road and Switched At Birth.

As of yet, there is little detail available on how closely the remake will mirror the UK version of the series.

View the trailer for the final UK season of Misfits below:

The UK version of Misfits ran from 2009 to 2013, winning a BAFTA for Best Drama Series. A movie based on the show was previously reported, though progress on the film is said to be facing some difficulties, and it’s not clear if the project remains ongoing in 2016.

Speaking of the possible movie adaption, the show’s creator Howard Overman said “Whether or not you’ve completely seen the end of Simon [Iwan Rheon] and Alisha [Anthonia Thomas], if our movie has its way, is another issue…”

When asked whether the film will be set before the TV series, in order to make their return smoother, Overman kept coy, saying: “I’m not going to give that away! If it happens it will involve past and present characters, [but] I’m not allowed to give away anything more than that.”