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'Misfits' Remake Heads to Freeform

On the heels of the "Marvel's Cloak and Dagger" announcement, Freeform has revealed it's developing a remake of the U.K. sci-fi comedy drama "Misfits."

Debuting in 2009, the original series focused on a group of working-class British teens who, while performing community service, are caught in a freak electrical storm that grants them superpowers. However, instead of teaming up to fight for justice, they continue their delinquent ways.

The U.S. remake, from "Chuck" writer-producer Josh Schwartz, has been in the works since late 2011. The plan at the time was for Schwartz to collaborate with "Misfits" creator Howard Overman on the pilot, and shop the finished script to networks in early 2012. Four years later, and here we are.

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How the original concept, intended as a British take on the U.S. superhero genre, translates to American television remains to be seen. However, the sparse description from Freeform reveals two changes already: The characters are now 20-somethings who are exposed to a mysterious chemical, which leads them to develop superpowers.

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