It’s no secret that Broadchurch has been the biggest UK drama hit of 2013 and now Fox is getting in on the action. The network has handed a series order to an adaptation of the drama, which is the latest addition to Fox’s growing slate of event series, which also includes 24: Live Another Day and Wayward Pines. Production on Broadchurch is slated to commence in January for broadcast during the 2014-2015 season.
Set in an American town, Broadchurch follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy. Kudos Film & TV and sister company Shine America are producing, with Carolyn Bernstein and Jane Featherston serving as executive producers. Chris Chibnall, who created the original series, will also executive produce and pen the premiere episode. Shine International will handle global distribution.
“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,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. “We love the layered characters, we’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the U.K., and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the U.S. audience.”
“We are thrilled that this compelling series from creator Chris Chibnall and our sister company Kudos is going to be adapted for the American TV audience,” said Rich Ross, CEO of Shine America. “And Fox is the perfect partner to help make Broadchurch an event here in the U.S. as it was earlier this year for millions of British viewers.”
While Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive of Kudos, added: “I am delighted to be working with Chris and everybody to bring Broadchurch’s unique voice and vision to a new coastline, community and culture.”