US version of Skins picked up by MTV

MTV has picked up the pilot for the US version of UK teen show Skins.

In much the same fashion to the successful UK series, the remake will feature previously unknown teenagers as the main cast and use young writers to pen the scripts.

The series will be set in Baltimore and will have co-creator Brian Elsley on board as writer and executive producer.

Several name changes will take place for the character however with Cassie changing to Cadie, Jal to Cho, Side to Stanley, Abigail to Tabitha, Anwar switching to Abbud and Maxxie changing to a Hispanic character named Teo.

MTV’s Liz Gateley is ecstatic to have finally secured a US version.

“Skins is one of those rare shows that cuts through to its core audience with unusually authentic stories due to the unique writing and casting process that Bryan pioneered.

“Having personally pursued the U.K. project for almost two years, I am beyond thrilled to bring it to MTV in the U.S. We intend to preserve the authenticity of the British version and are excited to collaborate with the original team to develop stories that will speak to American youth.”

Source: THR

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