The US adaption will be written by Neil Cross and Idris Elba will executive produce and play the lead character/
One of BBC’s most successful crime drama in the past decade, Luther has been critically acclaimed. After its premiere in US on BBC America, the show earned eight Emmy nominations which included best miniseries, best actor for Elba and best writing/director.
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The show is about a near genius detective who is excellent at his job but haunted by his passion at the same time. The show intrigued the audience for three seasons with a total of 14 episodes.
The series writer Neil Cross who recently created and executive produced the John Malkovich drama Crossbones and co-wrote the horror feature Mama; wrote the third season according foreseeing further possibilities for the show. Elbe also expressed wishes to make a movie of the series. Looks like Neil and Idris got their wish.
Idris is going to be the executive producer for the Fox adaption along with the Chernin Company’s Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope and BBC Worldwide Prods’ Jane Tranter and Julie. The project is being initiated by 20th Century Fox TV, studio-based Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Prods.
This will not be the first British show to be adapted by the US productions. NBC’s Prime Suspect and Fox’s Gracepoint— a U.S. version of ITV’s Broadchurch which also was adapted by original creator Chris Chibnall, didn’t manage onscreen; to grab much attention.
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It will be a challenge for Fox TV to make it popular but with Neil’s experience with the series and US audience and Elba’s appeal not to mention Luther’s popularity among the US fans. It was the claimed to be the 19th best show on TV in 2013. The show is hopefully going to gain the same critical appraisal that it did while airing on BBC.