Fox has ordered an American adaptation of the hit British crime drama “Broadchurch,” the network announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles.
This time set in an American town, Fox’s “Broadchurch” will follow the mysterious death of a young boy found dead on a beach, as the seaside town at the heart of the tragedy is catapulted into the thralls of a high-profile police investigation and media frenzy.
Filming is set to begin in January 2014, with the event series slated to be broadcast sometime during the 2014-2015 season.
No casting has taken place yet, but the original series creator and executive producer Chris Chibnall (“Doctor Who,” “Camelot”) will write the premiere episode and co-executive produce the American version with Carolyn Bernstein (“The Bridge”) and Jane Featherstone (“The Hour”).
“‘Broadchurch is the kind of storytelling that grabs your attention and keeps you riveted with every minute – which is exactly what we look for in an event series,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, in a statement. “We love the layered characters, we’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the U.K., and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the U.S. audience.”
The original BBC series, which stars “Doctor Who’s” David Tennant and Olivia Colman, aired in the U.K. earlier this year and became a cultural phenomenon, with its season finale drawing more than 10 million viewers.
That version of “Broadchurch” makes its debut in the U.S. next week when it premieres Aug. 7 on BBC America, airing Wednesdays at 10/9c.
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