Small screen remakes aren’t just all the rage in the United States as several Asian countries are getting in on the act.
Two of the greatest British cop shows of the 21st century – the Idris Elba-led “Luther,” and the John Simm-led “Life on Mars” – are being remade in Korea following deals with BBC Worldwide. Sexy drama “Mistresses” will also be remade.
The original “Life on Mars” ran for sixteen episodes across two seasons and followed a Manchester cop in the modern day who, following a car accident, is seemingly thrown back in time to the 1970s when police were un-PC and more likely to beat up thugs than carry out investigations. As he adjusts he realises this world isn’t what it seems.
A brief but not well received U.S. remake starring Harvey Keitel was released a few years later and lasted less than a season. The Korean version will change the ‘past’ setting to Seoul 1987 when the country had just had its first democratic presidential election and was prepping for the Olympic Games the following year. Jung Kyung-ho will take on the lead role which likely won’t retain the Sam Tyler name.
The “Luther” remake will heavily depend on getting a lead actor to play the gruff detective, and the show’s star has not been announced as yet, but has targeted an October premiere.
BBC Worldwide has also struck a deal with Applause Entertainment which will see remakes of “The Office” and “Criminal Justice” (remade by HBO in the United States as “The Night Of”) being done for the Indian market – the former set around Delhi, the latter in Mumbai.