Showtime is developing an American version of the 3-part BBC One miniseries The Driver, because why buy the rights to something when you can remake it yourself in your own accent? (Showtime’s version will also be a full series, not a miniseries).
According to Deadline, David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) — star and executive producer of the original U.K. production — will reprise his role, which is great news (although David Tennant reprised his role in Gracepoint from Broadchurch, and it wasn’t enough!)
More good news, though: Taylor Elmore (Justified executive producer) will collaborate on writing the adaptation along with Danny Brocklehurst, who penned the original miniseries.
The drama follows a regular-Joe taxi driver (Morrissey) who starts working for a criminal. But that bad decision only escalates the woes he’s already facing with his job and with his life, and is further complicated by a family mystery.
On the BBC’s website for the show, Brocklehurst writes:
The Driver is a drama I’m incredibly proud of. It contains subjects I love to explore – ordinary people in extraordinary situations, father and son relationships, double lives, the lies we tell ourselves, the need to escape the mundane. But most of all, I’m proud of the fact that we have mixed together a character drama and a thriller and come out with a show that can break your heart, whilst also having some kick ass car chases.
David Morrissey also commented there, “It was a real challenge, but the results are spectacular.”
Check out a trailer for the original U.K. series: