Film4 Showing Some 'Skins' with Adaptation of UK TV Series
If you think there isn't high school drama on the big screen, then fear no more as Deadline reports Film4 is developing a feature film adaptation of the UK TV series Skins. However, unlike most of the garbage that comes from ABC Family and the CW, this series is not without plenty of praise and has been the launching pad for more than a few young actors like Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights). If you're unfamiliar with "Skins," it's kind of like "DeGrassi" but without all that Canadian style and with more eroticism. Apparently British teens are just that much sexier.
What's most interesting about the series, aside from its very genuine handling of issues with dysfunctional families, sexual frustration, eating disorders, mental illness and death, is the fact that the cast changes every two years as we only follow the characters in their last two years of high school. Helping craft the stories and grounded character arcs is the fact that the average age of the writers is 21. Since the series just finished its fourth season on UK's E4 channel, the film adaptation will take kids from both central casts. This could be interesting, but it'll probably be most satisfying for the fans and just another teen angst drama for the rest.
In the meantime, our favorite movie rental site, Netflix Instant, has both Season 1 and Season 2 available for viewing right now, so check them out if you're interested. Any Skins fans out there care to comment?