EXCLUSIVE: The BBC America series ends Sunday but Copper may get a second life on the big screen. One day after the network announced that the Civil War-era series would be cancelled after two seasons, I’ve learned that co-creator/executive producer Tom Fontana and fellow EPs Barry Levinson and Tom Kelly are considering a movie version. The extensive story arc work Fontana did on a third season has the veteran producer eyeing revamping the material for a movie, sources say, with the potential big-screen version said to look at examining life in America after the death of Abraham Lincoln and the years of Reconstruction. Copper, which Fontana co-created with Will Rokos, was BBC America’s first original scripted series and centers on Irish immigrant cop Kevin Corcoran in 1860s New York City. It premiered in August 2012 with 1.1 million total viewers, the largest audience ever for a BBC America series debut. Copper was renewed last October but lost momentum after its June 23 Season 2 premiere.
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‘Copper’ Will Make UK Debut Streaming On LoveFilm
LoveFilm has acquired UK rights to Cineflix series Copper. The series follows Vikings as the second to debut in the UK exclusively via the streaming service, bypassing traditional broadcasters. Netflix competitor LoveFilm will make the show available for streaming starting Friday. Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid and Anastasia Griffith star in the period police drama co-created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos. Copper airs on BBC America in the U.S.
Alfre Woodard is joining BBC America’s Copper as recurring. Set in 1865 New York City, Copper returns for a second season on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination — with shifts in politics and society altering the landscape for Irish immigrants and African-Americans. ICM Partners-repped Woodard will play Hattie Lemaster, a former slave who has recently arrived to the Five Points to start anew. Jarred by raucous city life, Hattie must reconcile her past against hope for a future.
The third season of AMC‘s The Killing will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 2 at 8 PM. The new season, which stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) along with new cast members Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, focuses on a new case, which will be resolved over the course of ten episodes, culminating with a two-hour finale.
The Office‘s David Denman is set to co-star in CBS’ Beverly Hills Cop pilot from Shawn Ryan, Eddie Murphy and Sony Pictures TV. The hourlong project, a continuation of the movie franchise, centers on Axel Foley’s police officer son Aaron (Brandon T. Jackson), who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Denman will play Brad, a stand-up, extremely likable and socially awkward Beverly Hills detective, formerly a baseball player and a musician. Denman, repped by UTA, the Hofflund Co and attorney James Adams, will next be seen in the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS and M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth.
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For its first-ever foray into original scripted series, BBC America made a surprising choice in centering the show on the period in America during the Civil War rather than a subject impacting the other side of the pond. The new show, Copper, premieres on Aug, 19 and carries a first rate pedigree, produced by no less than Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man) and Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life On The Street). It tells the tale of a brutal Irish immigrant cop (played by Tom Weston-Jones) in New York City and his unique sways of meting out justice in the notorious immigrant neighborhood of Five Points, Rather than a western, Copper is dubbed as more of an “eastern” saga. During a TCA session late this morning, Levinson said, “Here’s the BBC excited to do a piece about America and its history, whereas a (broadcast) network would be much more reluctant to go down that road. What you might consider a foreign company was fascinated with this story”. Added Fontana: “The fact that this is BBC America’s first foray into scripted programming means a lot to us. (BBC America GM) Perry Simon has been incredibly supportive and is also incredibly hungry for this to work. I remember also doing HBO’s first scripted drama with Oz, and that’s very intoxicating, especially for a jaded old idiot like me”.