Earlier this year the UK was gripped by the truly amazing eight part TV series on ITV called Broadchurch, and I am sure you’ll agree that the news of a second series is extremely welcome.
I loved the series, and what was a fairly straight forward story of an investigation into a missing boy, turned into something much more. Emotionally driven with top notch performances by all involved, some seriously jaw dropping twists and turns, stunning settings, a mesmerising mystery and some chilling and beautiful music, Broadchurch was one of the best shows on TV this year.
The second series will be aired in the UK next year, but producers are keeping very quiet about the plot, and who will actually return. All they have said is that the series will be “much different” from the first, with some hinting that it may even be a prequel.
However, while the second series gets underway with creator and executive producer Chris Chibnall (Torchwood) returning, news has now broke that Fox are developing a US remake of the first series, which is set to air sometime either next year or in 2015.
It has now been confirmed that David Tennant, star of the UK series as DI Alec Hardy, will reprise his role in the US remake. Tennant will play a detective “who is the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny.” Chibnall will write the pilot episode, and commented:
“[Fox is giving me 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. 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.”
Exciting as this is, the news of Tennant joining the US remake hints that he may not be returning for the UK’s second series. The US version is due to begin filming in January 2014, which could conflict with the second series being filmed here in the UK. Both Tennant and Olivia Colman (who played DS Ellie Miller) have not yet been confirmed for the second series.