British TV Series & Film 'The Inbetweeners' Getting US Adaptation
Those who keep up with comedy on the other side of the pond are likely already familiar with "The Inbetweeners," a show that follows the misadventures of four high school boys who navigate the comedic waters of high school. The Inbetweeners Movie was released in 2011 and became the highest grossing comedy of all time in the UK, and now Paramount Pictures is hoping to bring that success stateside by creating an American version of the film. But this shouldn't be another case of losing all the comedic juice in translation because the show's co-creator, Iain Morris, is set to write and direct the new US adaptation.
For your reference, here's the red band trailer for the UK film adaptation of The Inbetweeners:
This news from THR is particularly interesting considering that MTV has just announced the Americanized version of "The Inbetweeners" for TV to premiere this August, so there's a lot of heat on this property right now. Also interesting to consider is the fact that MTV and Paramount are both owned by Viacom, so I'm wondering if we'll end up seeing the same actors cast in the film as in the new US television series.
If that ends up being true, Morris would have to dramatically change the plot of the film because last year's British movie (which hits theaters here in the US on September 7th) served as a sort of bookend to the series, following the main characters after they'd graduated. Things would get a bit confusing if they used the same actors for a brand new TV series in which the characters in high school and then jumped to a movie in which they've already graduated. Expect some changes on both the film and TV side of things for the US versions, and let's just hope that with co-creator Morris involved, the property can keep some of its signature comedic touches.