October 19, 2011 1:13pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Chuck,' 'Gossip Girl' EPs Adapting UK TV Hit, 'Misfits'
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the team behind Chuck, Gossip Girl, and new CW series, Hart of Dixie, are going science fiction on us.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Schwartz and Savage (under their Warner Bros. production company, Fake Empire) have acquired the rights to UK hit, Misfits, as first reported by New York Magazine.
The sci-fi dramedy series has the aspects we’ve come to expect from the producing team: Young, witty characters who find themselves thrust into a tight crew by their circumstances. But, wait for it… they have super powers. Rad. The series follows a group of young people who are sentenced to community service and become imbued with supernatural powers after an electrical storm.
Misfits has proven to be a hit for the UK’s E4 channel, attracting about 1.5 million viewers per new episode on its second season and standing as the channel’s No. 1 program. It also won a 2010 BAFTA award for best dramatic series. The series has earned its stripes on this side of the pond, as well. Hulu began offering the series’ first season this past summer and its new episodes ranked among the streaming video site’s most watched.
Currently, there is no network attached to the project. The series’ creator Howard Overman is set to co-executive produce and co-write the pilot with Schwartz. Other co-producers include Savage, Len Goldstein, and Murray Ferguson of Clerkenwell Films, the production company behind the UK series.
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