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Film4 Showing Some 'Skins' with Adaptation of UK TV Series

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May 27, 2010
Source: Deadline

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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?

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  • Jaf
    If they do it should be an adaptation of Series 1 and 2 because those seasons were far better than 3 and 4
  • Scott92
    I am excited and also hesitant for this movie. I'm a huge fan of the show, and I'm hesitant because dont really see how the format will translate into a movie. and at the same time I'm excited because It'll madd sweet to see the old cast again
  • Scott92
    I am excited and also hesitant for this movie. I'm a huge fan of the show, and I'm hesitant because I dont really see how the format will translate into a movie. and at the same time I'm excited because It'll madd sweet to see the old cast again
  • Paul
    It might be the cast of series 1 & 3 in the second year of uni and the cast of series 3 & just starting their first year of uni... and somehow they all go the same uni??? I love skins and was shocked at how they ended the last series, so I look forward to see what they do with this
  • Mau-Dee
    Series 3 and 4 were absolute GARBAGE! The finale for series 4 alone made me not even care about returning for another round. Pity because they were all great characters and the cast had talent.. I'd welcome a movie if it stuck to season 2 cast (revisited sid and and Cassie) and maybe at least redeemed the idiotic series finale of 4. But I'm not holding my breath.
  • Love Skins. I'm almost at the end of Season 2. Great season. I wonder what the movie will be about? A review for Season 1 of Skins: http://film-book.com/tv-review-skins-season-one/
  • The characters of season 1 & 2 were far more interesting than season 3&4, saying that there is only one main character that goes from season 1 to 4 and that if Effy, and I hope she is in it, she is in the upcoming film Shank, and had very tiny parts in Moon and Clash of The Titans: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2546012/ Dev Patel was in the first and second season, not sure if they would get him back, some of the favourite characters die in seasons 1-4 as well, so that's a shame because they won't appear
  • SlashBeast
    Skins started off being a pretty decent slice-of-life drama but quickly degenerated into a series that continually tries to push buttons (sex! nudity! drugs! gasp!) while throwing anything resembling reality out the window.
  • Lexie
    I am a huge fan of Skins, and this could either being beyond amazing, or it could be a total loss. Seasons one and two definitely exceed and go beyond the quality and originality of seasons three and. The show has never been the same since Dev Patel left. Effy is definitely a favorite of mine though. I hope there's a way that alot of the original characters can be included.
  • Hey Wowza
    Series 1 & 2 are fantastic. You'll be interested in what happens to the characters and the story flows smoothly. Series 3 & 4 do not live up to their predecessors in my opinion. There just was not enough development for some characters and too much focus on others. I'm not sure how a movie version would turn out though.

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