MTV has picked up the US remake rights to award-winning British phenomenon “Skins”.
The E4 and Channel 4 series follows a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures.
The show, which frankly deals with teen sex and drug use, starred the likes of Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Nicholas Hoult (“About a Boy”) and Jack O’Connell (“Eden Lake”).
The producers intend to set the US version of the show in Baltimore, Maryland and will use the original series successful model of using stories written by teenagers and starring essentially unknowns.
British translations however have rarely proven successful with only the odd exception (ie. “The Office,” “Queer as Folk”, numerous reality shows) catching on. Recent British hits like “Life on Mars” and “Little Britain” yielded notably inferior and quickly cancelled remakes.
More often however cross-Atlantic takes fail to get past pilot stage including recent attempts with “The Thick of It,” “The Vicar of Dibley,” “Spaced” and “Footballers Wives”.