Skins film with an expected release in summer 2011.
The successful E4 teenage drama has continued to grow in popularity with more than 1.5 million people tuning in to the start of the recent fourth series, and more than 8000 teenagers attending recent open auditions for cast members for the latest series.
The show's first two series featured actors such as Dev Patel, who went on to star in Slumdog Millionaire, and Nicholas Hoult, who starred in last year's A Single Man. And Kaya Scodelario who appeared in all four series is about to start shooting the role of Cathy in Wuthering Heights. Because the show is set in a sixth form college, the teenage actors were all changed for the third and fourth series and the same thing will happen for series five and six, which have already been commissioned.
Producer Steve Christian said the intention was to bring back characters from the first four series, but there would also be new characters. The script is being written by Jack Thorne, a regular Skins writer working with the show's creator Bryan Elsley, and another regular, Charles Martin, will direct.
Christian added: "Turning TV shows into films doesn't happen so much these days, probably because there's not the material out there.But what we don't want to do is to make a 90 minute episode of Skins. It would be a complete disaster."