Jim Field Smith to Direct 'Virgins America,' US Take on 'Inbetweeners'
by Ethan Anderton
August 23, 2013
Following the release of a film continuation of the British comedy series "The Inbetweeners," in 2011 (it became the highest grossing comedy of all timeacross the pond), audiences in the United States were treated to an Americanized version of the series on MTV which lasted only one season. However, an Americanized film remake is still on the way, but making sure to stay disassociated from the familiar title to avoid confusion, the film is called Virgins America. Initially, we heard that the original series creator Iain Morris, was going to write and direct, but Deadline says that Jim Field Smith will now be at the helm.
Paramount Pictures is behind the venture which doesn't currently have a cast, and Deadline doesn't specify where the script is coming from either. After all, Morris is working on a sequel to the UK version, so maybe that's why he's not directing the American adaptation. Jim Field Smith is a solid director, and he didn't get nearly enough credit for the underrated comedy She's Out of My League, and while his film Butter went mostly under the radar, a stellar cast turned it into a decent satire, and certainly better than some of the bigger comedies of the past few years. Not to put too much pressure on Smith, but there's the potential for this to be a generation defining teen comedy. Stay tuned.