British teen drama Misfits is getting a reboot from The O.C. creator

Misfits, the teen drama out of England that developed a cult following when it aired between 2009 and 2013, is getting an American adaptation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) will host the new series, which is being executive produced by Josh Schwartz. Schwartz has made a name for himself in the world of teen dramas over the past couple of decades, creating classics like The O.C. and Gossip Girl.

Based on the original series, the show will follow a group of twentysomethings serving community service for minor offenses. During one of their sessions, the group is struck by lightning, causing them to inherit different supernatural abilities that they then use in their daily lives. The ability to rewind time or hear what other people are thinking are just some of the powers they realize they can use to their advantage.

This isn't the first British teen show to get adapted by an American network, but Misfits is one of the first major titles since MTV's failed experiment with Skins. Skins, an extremely popular drama in the U.K. that ran on E4 for six years, followed a group of teenagers as they struggled with relationships, disorders, drugs, other addictions and loss. When MTV adapted it, fans were disappointed with the water downed version of the show they were given.

The original Misfits, which starred Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon and Preacher's Joseph Gilgun, also ran on E4 during its five-year run. When Netflix brought it over, the show developed a new following in North America.

There's no estimated release date for the rebooted Misfits, but it is currently in development. The news was announced during Freeform's panel at the television upfront conference on Thursday.



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