Fox to Create US Version of British Series TORCHWOOD

     January 19, 2010


Fox is developing a U.S. version of the hit British sci-fi show Torchwood, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  The show’s original producing team of Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner, who famously revamped Doctor Who in 2005, will be writing the pilot, a BBC Worldwide production.  This is big news for fans of the show, as it will be exciting to see what changes are made to the show’s UK format.  The new show is said to contain a “more global” plotline rather than continuing the UK version’s typical smaller-scale style.

The show is about an “outside the law” group led by Captain Jack Harkness, played by the always awesome John Barrowman, that investigates and monitors alien activity while also adapting extraterrestrial technology for their own use.  Torchwood is one of the spin-offs of the long-running Doctor Who, and last year’s Torchwood: Children of Earth miniseries broke BBC ratings records and was critically well-received so it’s no surprise that a U.S. adaptation of the show is being made.  And hey, if there’s even a small chance that this means more John Barrowman on American TV, then chances are good that this show will be, as the Doctor would say, fantastic.  As far as THR’s mention that Torchwood executive producer Jane Tranter might reboot Who for American audiences, that seems a bit unnecessary as a new season of the show airs next month with the eleventh doctor set to begin his run.