The US version of The Killing has been unexpectedly revived for a third series by American TV network AMC.
The company announced six months ago that it was, erm, killing off The Killing after two series. But despite early reports of a deal with Netflix to resurrect the critically-acclaimed drama online, The Killing will now be heading back to television in the States.
Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are both set to return for the the drama’s third run, though some cast members including Billy Campbell, Brent Sexton and Michelle Forbes will not.
AMC president Charlie Collier praised The Killing for being “a truly original take on the crime drama” and said: “We’re so pleased to welcome it back for another season.”
Based on the Danish drama Forbrydelsen, the US killing’s first two series revolved around Seattle detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder as they investigated the murder of teenager Rosie Larsen.
The third series will take place a year after the Larsen case, when Linden has elected to leave the police force. But after her ex-partner Holden begins to uncover a string of murders connected to one of Linden’s old cases, she is drawn back into the life she left behind.
Discussing the re-commission, The Killing’s showrunner Veena Sud revealed that she was enormously pleased to be working again on her “passion project.”
She said: “I couldn’t be happier to know that I will be returning to work with AMC, FTVS and Mireille and Joel on what is and has always been a passion project for me.
“To the fans that have supported the series, thank you for doing so. My team and I will work hard to deliver the best story that we can for season three.”
Production on the new series will begin at the end of February in Vancouver.
The first two series of the US Killing were screened in the UK on Channel 4 between 2011 and 2012.