Thus far, when it comes to the television development cycle, 2014 has been the year of movie adaptations. Minority Report, Frequency, Hitch.. if it’s been a movie, there’s a good chance someone’s trying to pitch it as series. Now, while we’d love to say we’ve got news for you about an original concept being set-up as a TV series, we can say what we do have today is going to intrigue you.
According to various reports, Fox has set a plan in a motion to adapt BBC’s hit Idris Elba-starring series, Luther, for American television with original creator Neil Cross set to write the pilot and executive produce.
So allow us to answer the one question we know you’re already asking: no, Elba is not set to reprise his role on the series. However, he will be on board as an executive producer (though the extent of that title’s currently unknown at the moment). It’s also unknown how this will or won’t affect the long rumored feature film adaptation of the BBC series, which we really need to happen because we want more Elba as Luther, dammit!
Luther will serve as the latest British-American adaptation for Fox as they’re already airing a stateside rendition of ITV’s Broadchurch in the form of the Anna Gunn starring Gracepoint. However, that series never ticked as high in ratings as the network would have like, which is what most likely led to Fox placing a seven figure pilot commitment on the table for the famed detective drama.
There’s potential here, especially since Gracepoint has turned out to be surprisingly well executed. It also helps Fox is currently high on the idea of making gritty cop shows, which is what they and Warner Bros Television have been trying to do with Gotham since the beginning of the Jim Gordon origin story. So, for now, what we will say is, because Cross is set to be head-honcho on the adaptation, there’s faith to be had. Very, very cautious faith, but faith nonetheless.
Who do you think will play the American John Luther? Let us know in the comments below.