Fox will adapt the hit British whodunnit Broadchurch as one of those “event series” it’s touting. Yes, it’s the same Broadchurch that BBC America is going to debut August 7. Fox’s version won’t start filming until January, and won’t air until the 2014-15 TV season. On the bright side, Fox’s version of the UK’s most-watched new drama of the year will be exec produced by the original series’ creator, Chris Chibnall. As described a few days ago at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 by BBC America, Broadchurch is about the mysterious death of a small-town boy found dead on the beach. The picturesque seaside town is at the heart of a major police investigation and the murder investigation sets off a nationwide media frenzy.
Fox suits seem unconcerned about the BBC America run of the original this summer. “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,” Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said this morning in making the announcement. He ignored BBC America’s imminent broadcast of the original, only referencing the original’s UK broadcast, as in: “We’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the UK and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the U.S. audience.” The U.S. version will be produced in partnership with Shine America — the production company’s second scripted project following this summer’s The Bridge on FX.