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It looks like hit British drama Misfits is one step closer to American screens! A spec-script has been submitted to U.S. networks, penned by Josh Schwartz.

Rumours of a Misfits remake have been rife since the show became one of Hulu’s top series, when it was launched on the service back in June 2011.  Now it seems like the gritty British drama is edging closer to a mainstream American audience.

Deadline reports that a speculative script (a non-commissioned screenplay submitted by writers in the hopes that a network will produce it) has today been sent to several American television channels. In an interesting twist, the script is credited as being a collaboration between original Misfits creator Howard Overman and Josh Schawrtz, co-creator of Chuck and Gossip Girl.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, Misfits is a black-comedy/drama about a group of young teenagers who gain super powers after being hit by a freak lightning storm whilst on community service.

The prospect of a remake is already proving controversial, though. Lauren Socha, who plays the brash, opinionated Kelly in the series, has been sharing some negative opinions of her own. In a phone interview with The Huffington Post, Socha shares her thoughts on the proposed reboot.

“You know what? Without sounding disrespectful, ‘Misfits’ is ‘Misfits’,We’ve won the BAFTA. I’ve got a BAFTA. We don’t need to prove to anyone else. Obviously, they’re going to take it to a higher level, with a production team and stuff like that. If America wants to try and smash it, they can, but at the end of the day, they’ve got ‘Shameless’ and ‘The Office’ over there. Competition is absolutely nothing because with English telly, you start with something and then you leave it as that. And I think it’s going to be very difficult to try and get a job as Kelly in America. She’s so distinctive! I’m impossible to play! Good luck to it, though. I think I’ll be a bit gutted, but let’s see what they do.”

 

Are you excited or horrified by the idea of an American remake?  Does the news that the original Misfits creator is on-board show promise?  Share your views with us in the comments below.

  • Nathan Mathewson

    No…just no …and If they make a remake of Doctor Who may ALL OF THE DEITIES have mercy on their souls 

  • Anonymous

    I think americans should leave british television alone. They are entirely different things. Skins for example. That was an epic failure. Not sure if its still on but it can’t have done very well being an almost exact replica of the original just without the characters we’d grown to love. 

    They could get lucky and it could be great for all i know but i don’t have very high hopes. 

  • Hibaqfarah

    The whole reason Misfits is so great is because it’s a British take on a typical American story. If they do an american remake of something that was already a remake of sorts on American pop-culture (normal people getting super powers) but with a British flair THEN EPIC FAIL. Lauren is right she is the perfect Kelly no one can replace her!

  • http://twitter.com/VeronicaADuff Veronica Duff

    No. Just No. I can’t even count how many British shows Americans have tried to run with, and our networks always fail. Off the top of my head: Life on Mars, V, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, Being Human, Eleventh Hour, Skins, Supernanny, and Top Gear. Just stop it already and make something new, and not another reality show!

  • Erin, Sydney

    Agreeing with many other comments before me…do not make a remake of Misfits!
    It is a sucess due to the British humour, cast and production etc. and obviously the American execs recognise it is a sucess otherwise why would they try to remake it.

    What is wrong with it being distributed over in the US? You just can’t make a remake of a show that is still on the air.

    And not only do remakes usually fail when taken from Britain to the USA its also happened with other remakes i.e. Kath & Kim from Aus to USA which was a failure. The main reason is a lot of those shows (e.g. mentioned by Veronica Duff 1 comment) are comedies or drama and take a lot of the comedy of events from the original country and unless the series is completly changed to something unrecognisable, that it won’t even be Misfits anymore, why even think about a remake.Not that I live in America anyway so I wont have to see it, they still shouldn’t take such a great show that obviously works and try to remake it for American audiences…I do believe the British speak English also so there is no excuse.

  • Argh

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    • Leah

      This is the worst idea ever!!!!!!!!!!!! Lauren Socha is soooo right i hope they dont destroy this amazing show!!! Some things on this origional show wont be funny when it is americanized.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1776780125 Brett Holden

    Why waste money on remakes when you can just import the dang series. English telly has lots of American imports. They don’t remake our shows left and right. 

  • TwiGirl

    No no no no no! The original will ALWAYS be the best. A remake shouldn’t happen.

  • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Charles Ferrara

    I’ve never seen Misfits, but why does it need to be remade?  It sounds like a good enough show to air in the US without being remade.

  • Stefan Swanson

    i think they shouldnt do a remake put if they did they picked the right people but they could use the creator of heroes to make it better

  • Tori8830

    I think it’ll be shit. Americans are way to conservative to properly do the show justice and then put it on a channel that will do it any good. I think they should just give us the British one. (I mean, who is going to play them all so well, especially Nathan- all those pedophile and ‘melon-fucker’ jokes are either going to be cut out or portrayed wrong) In my opinion, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. 

  • Lpanchito58

    I Think Skins failed because Americans are prudes & maybe Inbetweeners might suffer from it as well but I disagree with (l. Socha) we have an American Equivalent to (Chav Kelly) in Cali & NY they have alot of Cholas just about the same besides race they have thug attitude, unique style even a white girl could pull it off (Gwen Stefani) in Hollaback Girl & (Sandra Bullock) Chola Make Over on George Lopez show her nickname “La Flat Butt”  

  • Dustin Duffell

    Why the fuck would anyone think this is a good idea?!?! Hollywood needs to stop doing remakes their never any good. Nothing is wrong with misfits how it is its an amazing show and its extremely successful so why ruin it with a remake? Even without Robert Sheehan the show is still great and it still works but there is absolutely no way a remake would work and it would be so censored their wouldn’t be all the language and graphic/inappropriate content that they have now because they don’t allow it on american television it would be so boring the person who would replace Nathan wouldn’t even be Nathan cause he wouldn’t be able to say or do anything he could on British television. Also they announced that the writer for the first episode would be the fucking guy who did the o.c. and gossip girl those shows are shit and no elements from the writing of that show would work for misfits. The point is its an awful idea i hope they don’t go through with it.

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