Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV is moving forward with the adaptation of the British award-winning high-school comedy series The Inbetweeners, handing a pilot order to the project.

Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) has been tapped as writer/ showrunner/ executive producer, marking his return to TV full-time after a stint in features. Search for actors to play the leads in the pilot is already underway and is being led by casting directors Juel Bestrop and Seth Yanklewitz who cast blockbuster feature comedy The Hangover. The Inbetweeners has been a passion project for MTV’s EVP scripted development David Janollari, who won the rights to the format in a heated bidding this past summer. “The Inbetweeners is one of the best comedies to come out of the U.K. in years,” he said. “It’s unique and bold, its approach to contemporary teen coming-of-age stories is universal and simply hilarious, and it will resonate immensely with our core demographic.” Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, creators of the original series, which runs on Channel 4′s digital sibling E4, will executive produce the pilot alongside Copeland, Aaron Kaplan, who is producing through his Kapital Entertainment, and former Comedy Central head of original programming Lauren Corrao.

Described as Superbad meets Freeks and Geeks, The Inbetweeners takes a realistic look at life in high school. It revolves around four high school boys who belong to the “inbetweeners” social class — teens who are not the most cool and popular but not geeky enough to be branded uncool. This is the second attempt to adapt The Inbetweeners. Two years ago, ABC gave a put pilot commitment to an U.S. version written by Morris and Beesley. This time, the duo opted not to write the adaptation and went after Copeland as their top choice for the job. On the TV side, UTA-repped Copeland consulted on the first season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down. Last week, Beesley announced that the original series’ third season will be its last, with an Inbetweeners movie and TV special in the pipeline. In addition to Inbetweeners, MTV recently greenlighted for production I Just Want My Pants Back, a drama pilot based on the book by David Rosen, which will be directed by Doug Liman.

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