Fox will adapt the popular U.K. drama Broadchurch for the 2014-15 season. The network announced today that it will begin filming the crime series in January as part of its push for more long-form “event” series.
Set in an American town, Broadchurch will follow the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on a beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.
The original series’ creator, Chris Chibnall (Dr. Who) will write the premiere episode and executive-produce the series with Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein and Jane Featherstone. The U.K. version aired earlier this year and starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman. It drew more than 10 million viewers for its season finale.
“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,” said Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment Chairman, in a statement. “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 U.S. audience.”