'Huff's' Lowry to write the new take on hit U.K. skein
Another hot Blighty skein could be making the trip across the Pond.
BBC Worldwide and Sony Pictures Television are getting strong network interest in a U.S. series take on “Viva Blackpool,” the BBC America murder-mystery-musical skein that attracted strong critical notices when it premiered last year. Bob Lowry (“Huff”) is aboard to write the new take on the project.
ABC, CBS and Showtime are all said to be interested in the project. Offers have been made, and a decision on where the project lands is expected later this month.
Original six-hour skein revolved around one man’s attempt to turn a seaside Brit community into a Las Vegas-style resort. Created by Peter Bowker, skein used an eclectic mix of music, from Billy Idol to Elvis Presley.
“Blackpool” snagged a Peabody Award as well as Golden Globe and TV Critics Assn. noms.
BBC Worldwide, headed in the U.S. by Paul Telegdy and repped by ICM, inked a first-look deal with Sony last fall. Company’s current U.S. hits include ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Several Brit skeins are in the works this development season, including a David E. Kelley-crafted take on “Life on Mars.”