One of the best, most effective seasons of television this year was seen by a very small amount of people. BBC America quietly aired the eight-episode first season of the ITV series Broadchurch, which stars David Tennant (Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as an experienced detective who travels to the small town of Broadchurch to help solve the murder of a young boy. What could easily have been a by-the-numbers procedural turned out to be a compelling, emotionally devastating run of television buoyed by excellent performances and a thoughtful, character-centric focus from creator/executive producer Chris Chibnall (Torchwood).
Fox is developing an American remake of the series with Chibnall’s involvement, and word now comes that David Tennant will be reprising his lead role in the Fox show. Hit the jump for more, including Chibnall’s thoughts on the American redo.
EW reports that David Tennant will headline Fox’s remake of Broadchurch, playing an American detective “who is the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny.” Fox is developing the series to debut during the 2014-15 season, and Chibnall is onboard to pen the pilot while Dan Futterman (Capote) and Anya Epstein (In Treatment) will act as executive producers/showrunners. Speaking with EW, Chibnall talked about how he’s approaching the Fox’s redo:
“[Fox is giving me the opportunity] to make something that is hopefully as good if not better than the British version… I’m very, very fascinated to see this story in a different landscape with an acting ensemble that’s just as strong but taken from really great American actors. The DNA of the original is absolutely intact and filtered through a new prism, so it should still feel just as vibrant, and interesting, and strange, and unique, and beautiful, but just in a different setting — and then it’s exploring the dramatic opportunities that that offers up. We’re not gonna do the terrible version. We’re gonna do a great version.”
Filming on the Fox’s remake begins in January, while Chibnall is currently busy prepping the second season of the original series. He has been extremely tight-lipped about season two, and while it has yet to be confirmed whether Tennant or his co-star Olivia Colman will be returning for the second season, news of Tennant’s involvement in the remake doesn’t bode well for a reprisal in the ITV series.