American 'Misfits' Reboot Coming from the Executive Producer of 'iZombie'

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - 7:31PM
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - 7:31PM
American 'Misfits' Reboot Coming from the Executive Producer of 'iZombie'
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There's going to be a lot of gritty, superpowered convicts on the way soon. Freeform has commissioned iZombie and Veronica Mars executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright to make the pilot for a reboot of the popular British series Misfits, about a group of juvenile offenders who inadvertently gain superpowers.

The original series' premise, which the reboot will be using, follows a group of young criminals who get caught in a mysterious electrical storm that gives them superpowers. It's notable for its grimy, often bleak exploration of its main characters' lives - these kids aren't exactly saints, and their newfound superpowers only serve to make their lives more difficult. In many ways, Misfits was like Chronicle before Josh Trank and Max Landis got the chance to make something similar, except as a found-footage superhero movie.

The reboot's current cast includes Ashleigh LaThrop, Tre Hall, Allie MacDonald (from Orphan Black) and Jake Cannavale (son of actor Bobby Cannavale). You can take a look at a trailer for the original British series below. If you recognize a certain prisoner, that's because the show was an early role for Iwan Rheon, who played Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones and who's soon appearing in Marvel's Inhumans.



It'll be interesting to see how much of this dark tone lives on in the American reboot for Misfits. It's not uncommon for a British show to be remade for American audiences, but along the way, the pessimistic, sarcastic tone that works for British audiences is often stripped out and replaced with more sensational, lighter, or otherwise more glamorous production designs (shows like Being Human and Skins come to mind).

This being the case, it's probably not worth thinking of this new Misfits, if it ever goes beyond the pilot stage, as being in any way connected to the British show that bears the same name. It's highly likely that characters will differ dramatically, and any element of the original show that's deemed either too unpleasant or dull will be reworked until it shines a little brighter.

Considering the current popularity of antihero movies like Deadpool and Suicide Squad, though, there definitely seems to be a demand for more stories about superhumans that are less altruistic with their powers. There's plenty of ground for this new show to explore, and regardless of how much it might actually borrow from its predecessor, there's a lot of room for this to become a fan favorite show for years to come.

After all, perhaps the biggest difference between British and American show is that the American versions tend to run for much, much longer.

Via: Hollywood Reporter
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