“Oh dear,” we hear you sigh at the news of Broadchurch’s US remake. As BBC America make the first episode of the British crime drama available on their YouTube channel ahead of its 7 August premiere, Fox have cashed in on its success, announcing plans to develop their own remake of the series to broadcast in late 2014 or early 2015.
However, the US network’s attempt to emulate the popularity of the eight-part series, which starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman, does have creator Chris Chibnall on board as an executive producer. The Broadchurch showrunner will also write the remake’s first episode, juggling his new commitments with his work on a second series back in Britain.
“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 Fox’s chairman of entertainment, Kevin Reilly,
“We love the layered characters, we’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the UK and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the US audience.”
The US version of the ITV crime drama, which aired over here in March, will also follow the investigation into the mysterious death of a young boy, found on an idyllic beach. But without the stunning location of the Dorset coastline and the talents of Tennant and Colman, will the American version live up to expectations? Let us know what you think in the comment box below…