Continuing the story of the four geeky high school friends from the record-breaking and award-winning British cult comedy TV series The Inbetweeners, this big-screen version finds them traveling to a notorious Mediterranean getaway determined to break their lifelong losing streak with the ladies. Will McKenzie (Simon Bird), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley), Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas) and Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison) think the unchaperoned island holiday will be a two-week getaway where they can join in the legendary party scene, but instead quickly find themselves in outrageous escapades with humiliating results.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, series co-creator Iain Morris, who is the writer and executive producer of the film, along with Damon Beesley, talked about how the original idea for the TV show developed, when and how he realized what a hit it had become, the most surprising aspect of its success, why he thinks so many people can identify with these characters, the challenges of expanding the story and character arcs for a 90-minute movie, and maintaining the balance between sweetness and crude humor. He also talked about having recently thought of an idea for a movie sequel, the end of the TV show, and being in discussions with Paramount for an American film about guys going on a senior trip abroad, that will be an American story with an American cast, but not a remake. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
“Inbetweeners” are not nerds or jocks, but the kids who are smack in the middle of the high school social ladder. Based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning British series of the same name, The Inbetweeners (premiering on MTV on August 20th) takes a comedic look at a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood.
While at the MTV portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producer Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) and executive producer Aaron Kaplan talked about taking the essence of the British series and giving it its own unique American twist, who ranks even lower than inbetweeners, finding the right cast for this show, how they feel about the lack of diversity, using offensive and crude humor, and how much they’ll be deviating from the British storylines. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The Inbetweeners is a Britcom near and dear to my heart. For those unfamiliar with the show, allow me this reductive comparison: it’s like Superbad, only with four friends — played by Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, James Buckley, and Blake Harrison — and set in the UK. At least, that’s the first thing that came to my mind when the series premiered in 2008, just one summer after Superbad. The Inbetweeners is no pale imitation, though. The humor is admittedly juvenile and revels in the most uncomfortable scenario fictional high school has to offer, but the show is painfully funny.
The program wrapped the third (and I believe final) season last year, leading into a movie that takes the boys to Malta. The new teaser trailer is not particularly representative of the series as a whole, but hints at the awful trouble the group can get into on vacation, set to the pulsing soundtrack scored by The Streets’ Mike Skinner. The Inbetweeners hits UK theaters on August 19, and hopefully will find its way to my country in some form shortly. Watch the trailer after the jump.