CHUCK and THE O.C. Creator Josh Schwartz to Adapt British Sci-Fi Series MISFITS for American TV

     October 19, 2011

Though Josh Schwartz got his new series Hart of Dixie picked up for a full season on The CW, his series Chuck will have its last season begin later this month, so he’ll have some more time to work on something new. Schwartz is now giving his attention to an American adaptation of the British sci-fi drama series Misfits. A deal between the Schwartz’s Fake Empire banner and Warner Bros. TV has just been finalized for the rights to the show which is said to follow a group of working-class teens who find themselves endowed with superpowers following an electrical storm. Sounds like standard superhero fare [Matt’s note: I’ve seen the first season of the UK series and it’s not standard superhero fare because the characters aren’t heroes.  It’s irresponsible teenagers with superpowers and they’re kind of jerks to each other about it] .  , but in Schwartz’s hands, I’m sure it won’t be as dramatic as something like Heroes. Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for the original series.

josh-schwartz-imageAs of right now there’s no network involved with the adaptation per Vulture’s report, but this past summer the first season of the original series was offered on Hulu for American viewers, and apparently ranked among the site’s most-streamed series whenever new episodes showed up online, it shouldn’t have any problem finding a home. The series is being developed outside of the normal process with Schwarz and Misfits co-creator Howard Overman writing the pilot on spec and then shopping it to networks later this year or sometime early next year. Of course, taking a show from across the pond that is already good enough to get American viewers interested, especially after winning the BAFTA for Best Drama Series, could be risky for those fans who have already fallen in love with the original series, but with Overman co-writing the pilot, there’s a good chance this remake could really take off.. Obviously things worked out well for The Office after the first season, but imports are hit or miss.

Here’s the trailer for the original series:

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