‘Gossip Girl’s’ Josh Schwartz to Remake Cult British Drama ‘Misfits’

Josh SchwartzYou’d think a British series about a group of young adult ne’er-do-wells getting struck by lightning during their mandatory community service and as a result developing superhuman abilities would peak at “watchable.” But you’d be wrong: it’s super good. Good enough to warrant jokes like that. Good enough to rake in substantial ratings on Hulu. And good enough, still, to inspire writer/producer Josh Schwartz to remake it for American audiences.

The series in question is called Misfits. So far, it has aired for two short seasons in the United Kingdom, and will begin its third on Oct. 30. The U.S. got a taste for it through Hulu, where the series proved to be a huge hit. And now, it is being remade for American TV by Schwartz: creator of The O.C. and executive producer on Chuck and Gossip Girl. Fans of the original will be pleased to know that Schwartz is teaming up with Misfits creator Howard Overman to write the pilot script.
Misfits has been praised for both its clever wit and its sincerity in the portrayal of the “gritty” side of young adulthood, as well as for its intriguing and approachable science-fiction themes.
Source: Vulture
Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.