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Broadchurch to be turned into special event US series


Story by Jack Foley

UK TV hit Broadchurch is to get an American version.

Fox announced at the Television Critics’ Association presentation that series creator Chris Chibnall (Dr. Who, Camelot) will executive produce the new incarnation, which goes into production in January for a debut during the 2014-15 season.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the US version will, of course, be set in an American town, using the working name of Broadchurch, and picks up after the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face.

Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred becomes the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.

Chibnall will pen the premiere episode and executive produce the series. He is also working on a follow-up series to the UK version, which remains shrouded in mystery.

Announcing the new series, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said: “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.

“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 US audience.”

As yet, there is no word on casting for the US version.

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