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Thursday 28 May 2015

Broadchurch is set for US remake

David Tennant starred in the UK version of Broadchurch, which is to be remade for the US
David Tennant starred in the UK version of Broadchurch, which is to be remade for the US

Broadchurch is to get the US treatment, with a remake planned for American audiences.

Olivia Colman and David Tennant starred in the critically praised ITV drama, a whodunnit about the mysterious murder of an 11-year-old boy. The show has been recommissioned for a second series after it proved a massive hit - pulling in up to nine million viewers.

The show's creator Chris Chibnall will write the first episode, and will act as executive producer on the US version, with casting details to follow, reported Deadline.

Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour: "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 UK and we're lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the US audience."

Like the UK programme, the US version - which will begin filming in January 2014, to air later in the year - will follow the tragic death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach, but in an American town.

The second series of Broadchurch will return to British screens in April 2014, but it is not known if there will be an all new cast and a different setting as Chris originally wrote it as a stand alone miniseries.

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