UK Super-Powered Drama MISFITS Getting US Remake

The BAFTA winning show from writer/showrunner Howard Overman will be crossing the pond via Gossip Girl producer Josh Schwartz to begin early pre-production for a pitch to American networks.

Misfits follows five outsiders on community service who get struck by a flash storm and lumbered with special powers.

Hard as nails Kelly (Lauren Socha) can suddenly hear people’s thoughts, shamed sporting hero Curtis (Nathan Stewart Jarrett) discovers he has the ability to turn back time when he regrets something, and party girl Alisha (Antonia Thomas) can send people into a sexual frenzy when they touch her skin. Even painfully shy Simon (Iwan Rheon) can make himself invisible when he feels he’s being ignored, which makes it all the more hard to swallow for smart aleck Nathan (Robert Sheehan), who seems to have been unaffected, much to his dismay.

Unlike their more conventional counterparts, our misfits don’t swap their ankle tags and mobile phones for capes and tights. Instead, they discover what a pain in the arse life can be when you’re stuck with a super power you didn’t want.

Josh Schwartz will be overseeing the project under his Fake Empire banner alongside partner Stephanie Savage. He and the original's Howard Overman will work on a spec script that will, in turn, be pitched to networks.

While Misfits is not a well known quantity in the states, it does have a strong internet presence with a web comic and several full-length episodes on Hulu.


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NoPurposeNaji's picture

It simply wouldn't be the same. the concept worked, because it hadn't been done in England before, and the humor itself is quintessentially british, just as is the case with Inbetweeners. I'm interested to see where the US re-make of Inbetweeners goes, but Misfits will simply become another "darker" Heroes . Not interested.


yrchmonger's picture

Just like "Being Human", I will be standing behind the original, thank you very much.


Krysalid's picture

I'm a big fan of converted shows like Being Human or Shameless, but I smell this going more on the line of the disastrous Skins remake.


Upupandaway's picture
Krysalid wrote:

I'm a big fan of converted shows like Being Human or Shameless, but I smell this going more on the line of the disastrous Skins remake.

At least they are bringing in the original's creative talent. The format is good for a talented young cast to fill the void that was left by Buffy. Don't hit me! For people who want to check out these great British shows legally, I can be hard/expensive as hell. (Note: I would be entirely against it if we were talking Dr. Who. LOL)


Hamm3rtym3's picture

american remakes arent always bad.......

The Office, Wilfred, Celebrity Fit Club, Trading Spaces, Junkyard Wars, Life on Mars, American Idol, All in the Family, and even freaking Sanford and Son are all U.S. remakes of popular shows.

Most of these became even more successful than their original counterpart.
Till Death Us Do Part was remade as All in the Family. The U.S. version's spinoff Maude was remade in the UK as Nobody's Perfect, and the Maude spinoff Good Times was remade as The Fosters. None of the UK versions were connected though.