‘Broadchurch’ Star David Tennant to Lead FOX’s American Remake
It may not have made much of a difference in the case of AMC’s ‘Low Winter Sun,’ but UK breakout hit ‘Broadchurch‘ will do a bit of leading man recycling when FOX crafts its Americanized version. ‘Doctor Who‘ favorite and UK ‘Broadchurch’ star David Tennant has been tapped to reprise his role as the detective anchoring the murder-mystery, but what will be different about the American ‘Broadchurch?’
According to TVGuide, the American version of Tennant’s no-nonsense detective Alec Hardy will prove similar to his UK counterpart, minus the accent of course, as Tennant will adopt a stateside persona for the role. FOX’s “limited series” version will most likely enter production for the 2014-15 season, while the original series will begin its second season in 2014, with Tennant expected to reprise his role.
Set in an American town, FOX’s adaptation of ‘Broadchurch’ will follow the original’s story of the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found on a beach, one surrounded by rocks and a cliff from where he may have fallen. The actual cause of his death remains unsolved, though the seaside town at the tragedy’s base becomes the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.
Original Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will executive produce the U.S. version and write the premiere episode, while Dan Futterman (‘Capote’) and Anya Epstein (‘In Treatment’) have joined in the roles of executive producers and showrunners. Also on board are Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein (‘The Bridge‘) and Jane Featherstone (‘The Hour’)..
For its part, UK’s ‘Broadchurch’ became the country’s most watched series of the year, with an April finale that garnered over 10 million viewers.
Well, what say you? Can ‘Broadchurch’ prove as successful in America with its original UK leading man at the core? Will Tennant be able to juggle starring in both? Watch the original trailer below to get a taste of the series, and give us your thoughts in the comments!