The broadcaster is eying up a remake of Broadchurch for the 2014-2015 season with filming slated to begin in January. Chris Chibnall, who created the British series, will pen the premier installment and will act as executive producer on the remake. Chibnall wrote 7 out of the 8 episodes of the British series himself and co-wrote the other episode.
The writer has previous experience writing for the American industry having worked on Starz’s Camelot. His other credits include Torchwood and Law & Order UK.
The premise of Broadchurch revolves around the mysterious death of a young boy who is found dead on a beach near some cliffs from which he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remain unsolved a major criminal investigation is launched and the media descend on the small town.
“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. 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.” – Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment President
The British series aired earlier this year on ITV and was a ratings hit with up to 10 million viewers tuning in. Broadchurch was ITV’s biggest drama since the launch of Downton Abbey. The drama starred Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Vicky McClure. A second series has been ordered by ITV with production due to begin next year.