FOX Plans U.S. Remake Of “Luther”

Despite the failure of “Gracepoint,” FOX is taking another shot a remaking a successful British series – this time the already finished BBC detective drama “Luther” which starred Idris Elba.

The network has given a put pilot commitment to the project which is being written by series creator Neil Cross. Cross was also behind NBC’s short-lived pirate drama “Crossbones” this past Summer.

Elba played DCI John Luther in the dark and emotionally bleak series which followed the dedicated, obsessive and sometimes violent character on the hunt for brutal killers. The show was never really a whodunnit or even a procedural, with the focus primarily on character drama.

It also boasted a strong supporting cast, including Warren Brown’s young partner Justin Ripley, Michael Smiley’s fellow cop Benny Silver, and Ruth Wilson’s murderous prodigy and twisted love interest Alice Morgan.

Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner will executive produce the remake. Surprisingly Elba himself is on board as executive producer, however he is NOT expected to star in the U.S. version.

The original ran for three seasons and just fourteen episodes. Cross has previously indicated there are no plans for a fourth season, but there has been talk of a feature film version.

Source: Variety