US TV is planning a remake of notoriously pervy cult UK superhero show Misfits, but considering the channel that’s remaking it the US version might be very, very different in tone.
Freeform (which was previously known ABC Family, which gives a clue to the general angle of their output) has announced it is developing a US version of Misfits, which originally aired on the UK channel E4. Gossip Girl co-creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz (who also worked together on the Schwartz-created The OC) will executive produce the series for ABC Signature Studios.
Schwartz, who was also showrunner Chuck, has long had an interest in Misfits. Vulture first reported that the writer/producer was planning to remake it for the US market back in 2011.
The UK show ran for five season between 2009-13, and was about a group of teenagers and 20-somethings on community service who gain superpowers after being struck by lightning in a supernatural storm. It made cult stars out of Iwan Rheon (who’s now Ramsay Bolton in Game Of Thrones), Joseph Gilgun (who’s now Cassidy in Preacher) and Robert Sheehan (who went on the appear in The Borrowers, The Accused and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).
But as anyone who ever saw it will tell you, the “format” was less crucial to it success than its tone. The show was unashamedly pervy and potty-mouthed. These were teens obsessed with sex, so it had a lot of fun with one character whose power was to repeatedly swap gender. There was a guy who would also take people’s powers away by having sex with them which caused all sort of, ahem, hilarity when another “misfit” was turned into a tortoise and wanted to be turned back! This is just the tip of the iceberg! But bottom line: the show was gloriously crass, and that was part of its fun.
Now, try to equate that with Freeform, the channel that’s giving us Shadowhunters, and which really ought to have a PG logo permanently stuck in the corner of the screen on all its show. Or try to equate it with the showrunners who’ve given us The OC, Gossip Girl and Chuck (which BUZZ actually loved but it was hardly edgy). We’re not saying they can’t make a good show out of a US remake of Misfits; but we are saying it going to be a very, very different show. So different, in fact, you wonder why they even want to remake it? It’s like remaking Hannibal but making Lecter a vegetarian. [via SuperheroHype]