Broadchurch, the UK’s most-watched television series of the past year, is being adapted for US television, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The original program chronicled the investigation into the murder of a young boy in a small town, as well as the resulting chaos and media circus. It sounds as though the American version will be very similar, though set in the US. The creator of the original series, Chris Chibnall, has also signed on to executive produce the remake.
Starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill, Broadchurch garnered a great deal of critical acclaim and an audience of over 10 million for its first season finale. ITV has also ordered a second season, though all details are currently being kept under wraps.
The American adaptation will air as an event series on Fox, joining other recent orders like Wayward Pines and 24: Live Another Day. According to Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, “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.”
The UK version of Broadchurch will premiere on August 7 on BBC America, while the US adaptation will not air until 2014.