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Fox appears to be staking its claim as the US network for American versions of British dramas with its announcement that it will begin developing an American version of the hit British drama Luther.
The original British series, which began in 2010 and ran for three seasons, aired in the US on BBC America, and starred Idris Elba in the title role. The show follows John Luther, a dedicated cop who is being consumed by the painful violence he sees.
The British version of Luther received rave reviews across the pond and has also been well-received here in the states, with Elba receiving two Emmy nominations for his portrayal, along with three Golden Globe nominations and one win. No casting for the Americanized version has been announced, although Elba will be transitioning to an executive producer role rather than taking the lead. Fox has ordered a pilot of the series, which will be headed by Alex Cross, the creator of the original British series.
This announcement is strikingly similar to one made by the network last year, wherein Fox adapted the hit British series Broadchurch (which aired in the US on BBC America) this season, changing the title to Gracepoint, however the series has been stymied by low ratings and mixed reviews (with most critics stating the series just doesn’t hold up in comparison to the original).