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article imageMisfits: series three and US remake likely, but no movie

Signs are emerging that the BAFTA-award winning and surprise hit of last year, Misfits, has already been commissioned for a third series as well as being remade for US television. But its creator doesn’t want a film version.
Although there is yet to be any official announcements, the news slipped out during a question-and-answer session between Jonathan Ross and Howard Overman. The event session – which was attended by the media and fans of the show – was being hosted in London to launch series 2 of the Channel 4 drama.
TV.com reports that, during the interview, Ross said, “There are more episodes coming next year . . . aren’t there?”
Slightly taken aback, Overman, the show’s creator, replied, “I was told not to mention that.”
Ross also asked about a possible US version of Misfits, but, again, Overman was hesitant in his reply. He said:
Again, I’m not sure I’m supposed to talk about that.
There’s been a lot of interest in it and talk about maybe doing an American version, but you just have to make sure it’s done in the right way.
Later in the interview, Overman talked about a possible movie version of the show. However, seemingly pouring cold water on one seeing the light of day, he said: “We’ve had some offers, but we decided that we’ve told that story already. Why charge people for a rehashed version of what they’ve already seen?”
TV goes to Hollywood
In recent years, a number of hit British dramas have been given a Stateside facelift. Already, US versions of Toby Whithouse’s Being Human, Paul Abbott’s Shameless, Bryan Elsley’s Skins and Damon Beesley’s The Inbetweeners are in various stages of production, while the fourth series of Russell T Davies’s Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood, will see the action relocated to America.
And it’s not just television remakes. Film versions of some of these shows are being talked about, too. We already know that there’s to be a movie version of The Inbetweeners, and there has been much speculation about a Doctor Who film, with recent rumours linking Johnny Depp to the project.
Although the BBC have denied that Depp has been approached, it is an open secret that the BBC are keen for a theatrically released Doctor Who movie at some point, with former series showrunner, Davies, his successor, Steven Moffat, and the current and previous Doctors, Matt Smith and David Tennant all keen to be involved.
Skin between the X Men
According to the Guardian, overnight viewing figures show that the first episode was watched by 1 million viewers, which is more than double what the show achieved at the launch of its first series in 2009.
Writing in TV Pixie, Liam Tucker (of Watch With Mothers fame) sums up the premise and gives the thumbs up for the new series’ opener:
A grubby hybrid of Skins and The X Men by way of The Inbetweeners’ rough dialogue, [. . .] Misfits works because the script is written by people who identify with youth, which is pretty essential for this kind of show. There’s no Dawson’s Creek-style self-regard or agony here, very little in the way of pop psychology and precious little growth or closure. In Misfits, we have five out-of-control youngsters [on a community service rehabilition programme], all with superpowers to add to their adolescent woe, who speak like the smart-mouthed little swines we’ve all been, back before we hit real life and responsibility.
Big expectations for the opening episode [. . .] after the show exported so well across the Atlantic, becoming a download essential for clued up Americans. Happy to report that episode one lived up to the fanfare [with] more of the same from E4 with this second outing for their surprise hit. Even better, now we’ve finally established exactly what each Misfit is capable of, power-wise.
The second series of Misfits began in the UK on Thursday, 11 November, on E4, and runs to seven episodes. In addition, this year, there will be a Christmas special sometime over the festive period.
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