Fox Set To Remake British Drama ‘Broadchurch’ Into Event Series

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During their TCA presentation, Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly announced that the network would continue its event series push with an American remake of the U.K.’s hit mystery drama Broadchurch. Executive-produced by the original series’ creator, Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who), filming on the series will begin in January for a 2014-2015 debut. The original Broadchurch stars David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Olivia Colman (Rev.) and will air beginning Wednesday, August 7th on BBC America.

Fox’s Broadchurch will be set in an American seaside town where a young boy is found on a beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs from which he could have fallen. Still foul play is suspected, and the unsolved mystery surrounding the boy’s death causes both police and press to descend upon the small town. Chibnall will write the premiere episode and serve as an executive producer alongside Carolyn Bernstein (The Bridge) and Jane Featherstone (The Hour).

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 Reilly in a statement. “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.”

Broadchurch is just the latest event series Fox has added to its production slate. The network is set to premiere the mystery series Wayward Pines from M. Night Shyamalan in 2014, and 24: Live Another Day, a continuation of the 24 franchise starring Kiefer Sutherland in May.

Will you be watching the Americanized Broadchurch or do you wish Fox had chosen an original idea for their next event series project?