‘Broadchurch’: David Tennant to star in Fox remake

via: Entertainment Weekly

EW has learned that David Tennant, who headlined the U.K. version on ITV that drew more than 10 million viewers for its season finale, will reprise his role as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy for American audiences. The Scottish actor best known to fanboys as the 10th Doctor on Doctor Who earned rave reviews for his portrayal of a sad (and physically ill) divorcee who investigates the death of a boy in a seaside town.

Fox announced last summer that it will remake the 8-episode series for the 2014-15 season. (The drama also aired recently on BBC America). The U.S. version will feature Tennant as an American detective who is the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny. The series’ original creator, Chris Chibnall, will write the premiere episode for Fox while Dan Futterman (Capote) and Anya Epstein (In Treatment) have signed on as executive producers and showrunners. Production will begin in January on the series, which will be distributed by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends.

The UK version is planning a second season of Broadchurch, but it has not been announced whether Tennant or his co-star Olivia Colman will return with it. Last month, Chibnall told EW that Fox is giving him 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,” he said. “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.”

18 thoughts on “‘Broadchurch’: David Tennant to star in Fox remake

  1. Eugenia Martin
    October 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    But as has been pointed out elsewhere, I know who did it, so why should I watch this? Just because they’ve put David Tennant in it isn’t enough. Especially since he’s going to be American in it. So, no accent, I know who did it…. I’ll pass in the hopes they’ll make something original for a change, and if that makes me a bad fangirl, so be it.

  2. Johnny Hunter
    October 3, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Doesn’t make you a bad fangirl at all. I know they are doing it because its a good story and the majority of America does not know who Tennant is, and they have tried to get him over here for a cop show two times now but never got past the pilot stage.

  3. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Since it’s Fox, it will probably be great and then they’ll cancel it. 😛

  4. Stephanie Leasure
    October 3, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    I just can’t imagine America doing a short series and calling it quits, and this isn’t a story that lends itself to dragging out. It was really well done, but wrenching and even if I didn’t know who did it I couldn’t watch it again.

  5. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Yes, because Fox never cancels anything good. 😀

  6. Stephanie Leasure
    October 3, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    I wasn’t really referring to the cancellation comment 😛

  7. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    Well the Beeb is planing to do a Season 2.

  8. Stephanie Leasure
    October 3, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    What in lord’s name would they cover in a second season?

  9. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    I don’t know; what did they cover in the first season? 😀

  10. Stephanie Leasure
    October 3, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    A single murder mystery in a small town.

  11. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Oh, well then it’s easy enough to have another mystery, murder or otherwise, as the subject of the second series. I understand it had only 8 episodes, so they could easily devote another 8 to a different mystery.

  12. Stephanie Leasure
    October 3, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Except David Tennant’s character was essentially retired at the end.

  13. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Well the article does say that it’s not clear whether he will return for the second season. Did it have any other characters investigating, or was he the only one?

  14. Stephanie Leasure
    October 3, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    The other one was also essentially retired. Seriously, the show worked as a standalone miniseries. I can’t picture how they’d do a second season.

  15. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Well maybe he could regenerate into a new detective. 😀

  16. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Or he could come out of retirement for one last hurrah.

  17. David Levenstam
    October 3, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Until Season 3’s hurrah of course.

  18. Amy Bailey
    October 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Never watched the original, so maybe after it comes out I should ask folks which I should watch.

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