FOX Announces ‘Broadchurch’ Adaptation, UK Version Still Airing
Well, that didn't take very long! Just a few short months after UK crime drama 'Broadchurch' wrapped up its first season overseas to great acclaim, FOX announced this morning that it will plot a US limited-series adaptation for the 2014-15 season. The original series will begin its second season in 2014 with returning 'Doctor Who' star David Tennant, but will the US version live up?
Set in an American town, FOX's adaptation of 'Broadchurch' (title subject to change) follows 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.
“'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 Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment for FOX. “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.”
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. Do you think FOX is jumping the gun with its own adaptation while the original still airs? Watch the original trailer below, and give us your thoughts in the comments!