US TV channel FX has ordered a 13-episode series of The Bridge, a remake of the popular Scandinavian crime drama.
Based on the Danish-Swedish co-production Bron, which was broadcast in Britain on BBC4 in 2012, FX’s The Bridge stars Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger as two detectives - one from the United States, one from Mexico - who begin working together after a serial killer starts operating on both sides of the US-Mexican border.
The American Bridge remake is being written and produced by Homeland’s Meredith Stiehm and Hawaii Five-O’s Elwood Reed, and production on the series will begin in April.
In addition to Bichir and Kruger, The Bridge will also star Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Thomas M Wright and feature guest appearances from Scooby Doo’s Matthew Lillard as a cocky newspaper reporter.
“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success,” said FX president John Landgraf. “I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently.
“There have been great films set in that world – No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind – but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.”
FX ordered a pilot episode of The Bridge in July 2012 and wrapped production on the pilot in December.
The original version of The Bridge starred Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia and centred on a police investigation triggered by the discovery of a dead body on the Øresund Bridge, which connects Denmark and Sweden.
The Bridge regularly attracted more than 1m viewers per episode on BBC4 and a second series of the drama is scheduled to be broadcast this autumn.
The US remake will begin airing in the States in July. No UK broadcast has been confirmed.