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'The Inbetweeners' Being Prepped For An American Movie Remake Now Too

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 2, 2012 5:27 PM
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So, let's straighten this all out. First there was the Channel 4 hit comedy show "The Inbetweeners," about four young lads who are interested in the kinds of things young lads are usually interested in: alcohol and sex. The show gained a strong following, but no one could have predicted that the "The Inbetweeners Movie" -- released last year and coming to the U.S. in September -- would become the highest growing comedy in the U.K. of all time. And of course, a remake came knocking, with MTV set to unspool the Americanized version of the show in August (get a first look here). But wait, there's more.

THR reports that Paramount Pictures (whose parent company Viacom also owns MTV), is now putting into development their own "The Inbetweeners," and hired the original show's co-creator Iain Morris, to write and direct the U.S. version. Oddly enough, it's unclear if the movie will tie into the MTV show, or be a standalone project (in fact, Deadline reports it will be a road trip comedy "inspired by" the show, which suggests something different). Either way, the template is pretty much four young guys + boobs + alochol + (probably) low budget = success. Just look at what Warner Bros. did with their cheapie "Project X" earlier this year, rinse and repeat.

It's not exactly rocket science and it seems a no brainer move on the part of Paramount, who probably wouldn't mind having their own little raunchny comedy franchise to call their own. But if neither the stateside release of the movie or the MTV show do well, don't be surprised if Paramount cools on the idea...

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  • Anonymous | July 2, 2012 11:44 PMReply

    Is there a reason why you guys always assume everything British is made by the BBC?

  • BRIEFCASE | July 3, 2012 4:19 AM

    Yeah I don't understand that. Most articles I saw about the US Shameless remake claimed it was adapted from "the BBC series" rather than Channel 4. We do have more than one broadcaster in Britain haha.

  • NA1234 | July 2, 2012 7:29 PMReply

    It was a channel 4 show, not bbc!

  • Shelley | July 2, 2012 6:45 PMReply

    I'm Canadian and saw this show on a flight from San Fran last year! I was laughing so loud! It's the purest, funniest British comedy EVER! I'm 44 and have had all my friends watch it too! I'm telling you-- if you like the British sense of humor, this show and film must be seen!!

  • LordJiggy | July 2, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    The Inbetweeners movie was a festering pile of wretched obviousness and ugliness.

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