The broadcaster is jointly developing a feature film version of Channel 4 TV series Skins with series producer Company Pictures and Stormdog Films. CinemaNX, the Isle of Man-based financier and distributor, is also on board.
Skins, which has finished its 4th season on digital entertainment channel E4, follows a group of teenagers in their last two years of high school. What’s unique about the show is that the cast completely changes every two years. Another wrinkle is that the average age of writers on the show is 21.
The series has become something of a charm school for young talent. Actors who’ve come through the show include Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Kaya Scodelario (Cathy in Andrea Arnold’s forthcoming Wuthering Heights). Producer Chris Clough tells me the Skins movie will feature actors picked from both versions of the show.
Show veteran Charles Martin will direct. Production starts in Bristol and the Isle of Man in September, with a summer 2011 release.
MTV has green-lit a US version of the show, set in Baltimore, Maryland. Company began shooting the pilot in February. Shooting on the US version begins in earnest late July. MTV will start broadcasting Skins in the New Year.
E4 has just commissioned a further two series of the show over here.
Clough tells me that Company’s been planning a feature version of the show for a long time, “but these things take forever to germinate”.