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Fox to Film Luther, Frankenstein Pilots

Fox has announced four new pilot orders, bringing the total number of pilots ordered for 2015 to five (Fox had previous ordered a television adaptation of the 2002 film Minority Report to pilot).

As with Minority Report, the first of the four pilots ordered is an adaptation. The network has ordered an adaptation of the successful British series Luther, which will be written and produced by the original series’ creator Neil Cross and executive produced by Idris Elba who played the titular character in its British incarnation. However, the pilot has been labeled “cast-contingent,” meaning that the pilot order hinges on the show being able to find a leading man to match Elba’s exceptional work on the original.

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The second series order is loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (sharing its title with the novel as well), wherein a police detective is brought back to life through the machinations of scientists playing god. The series will be executive produced by Howard Gordon, who spent a good chunk of the 1990s and early 2000s working on genre series.

The third pilot is Rosewood, which is yet another crime procedural, focusing on the life and work of a pathologist (which would pair it well with Fox’s other pathologist procedural Bones). And the fourth pilot ordered, and only comedy, is titled 48 Hours ‘Til Monday, which will follow a husband desperately trying to make the most of his weekends while still enjoying them.

 

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