Fox Developing Remake of BBC’s ‘Luther’ with Creator Neil Cross

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Fox is taking a shot at a U.S. rendition of the BBC detective drama “Luther” with series creator Neil Cross.

The network has given a put pilot commitment to the project, which will be written by Cross for 20th Century Fox TV, Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Prods.

Original series star Idris Elba is on board as an exec producer but is not expected to star in the Yank version. Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner also exec produce.

Elba has earned praise and kudos for his work as a savvy detective troubled by the brutal murder of his wife. The series ran for three seasons on the BBC, starting in 2010, and has aired Stateside on BBC America.

Deal for “Luther” has been in the works at Fox for some time. The network this season is airing another Brit-TV redo, “Gracepoint,” based on the ITV murder mystery “Broadchurch.” “Gracepoint” has drawn mixed reviews, in comparison to the original series, and only modest ratings for Fox.

In addition to “Luther,” Cross was creator/exec producer of the pirate drama “Crossbones,” which had a summer run on NBC this year.

Cross is repped by UTA, Michael McCoy at Independent Talent Group in the U.K. and attorney Fred Toczek.

UPDATE (11/19): BBC America has announced a new two-part miniseries revival of the original British iteration, with Elba reprising the titular role.

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  1. Malik Hassan says:

    Fox you need to listen! You’re wasting money if Idris isn’t starring in the new Luther. No one is going to watch it without him.

  2. Annette Stone says:

    Luther will always be Idris Elba to me as all the cast, they were all so perfect in their roles, America will spoilt the intelligent plots and surprises by adding Guns,Guns and more Guns!

  3. phillip_k.slick says:

    I can understand remaking films and shows from countries that speak foreign languages, having to read subtitles is a disconnecting step for most people. I can see that. I can also see remaking movies and shows from cultures quite different to an American audience, but why remake something from a country that has a shared language with us and has so very similar cultural sensibilities?

  4. cadavra says:

    Knowing Fox, it’ll probably be Kenan Thompson as Luther.

  5. The show is perfect just the way it is, stop with the re-makes!

  6. Raafat says:

    why would they do that !
    is it about the money ! stop making remakes
    if you want to make a remake at least do a remake for something old

  7. India says:

    idris must play Lurher. I have stay up watched Luther on Netflix to catch myself up. It’s a good show I need the original cast no fakes.

  8. LABete says:

    It won’t be the same without Idris Elba. They really need to get him to star in it as well as produce.

  9. bta says:

    He’s troubled by the murder of little girls, and his own inability to be an objective lawman when faced with the decision to save, or let fall, their killer. His wife dies at the end of the first season! Why are you spoiling this huge plot point?

  10. Jeff says:

    First Utopia, than Gracepoint, now Luther. The execs they have at Fox just want to ruin shows. STOP TRYING TO REMAKE EVERYTHING!!!!

  11. Amanda says:

    What a terrible idea. With the epic fail that is Gracepoint I’m not sure why remaking another BBC show would be a good idea. Why can’t fox just let good shows be instead of trying to “americanize” everything? Elba IS Luther. Anyone they get to play him in the remake will never measure up. 100% it gets cancelled before all the seasons are made

  12. Not just a bad idea. Given the failure of Gracepoint it’s just stupid! Also, the show IS Idris Elba’s performance. You don’t have him, you don’t have Luther.

  13. Why?!!!! What’s an American remake going to achieve that the original show didn’t already do brilliantly?

  14. Good luck to Fox and I hope that the show will become a hit.

  15. 1favored says:

    Thank you Fox!!! Great series. Smart. Well written. Idris Elba is a very special actor. I have seen most of his work, including every episode of ‘Luther’, and believed every moment, no matter the character he is playing. It will be a hit!!!

  16. I don’t think it needs to be re-made, it was excellent as it was. But, the only way I would watch it is if Idris Elba was playing Luther

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