FX has handed a series order to its drama pilot The Bridge – an adaptation of the Danish/Swedish series Bron. The cabler has ordered 13 episodes for the show’s first season. Production on The Bridge is set to commence in April, with FX eyeing a July premiere.
Adapted for North American television by Cold Case scribe Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid, The Bridge is set on the border between El Paso and Juarez and centers on two detectives, one from the United States and one from Mexico, who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. The drama series is produced by FX Productions & Shine America and stars Diane Kruger, Demián Bichir, Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Thomas M. Wright. The executive producers are Meredith Stiehm. Elwood Reid, Carolyn Bernstein and Lars Blomgren. Shine International is handling global distribution.
“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success. I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks. “There have been great films set in that world – No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind – but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.”