Having once described his titular copper as part Dirty Harry, part Columbo (for his famous coat, not the glass eye, obviously) it was surely only a matter of time before Idris Elba’s Luther took a trip stateside.
Only it’s not a cross-Atlantic spin-off we're talking about here, rather a full-blown reboot of the surly, swaggering East London lawman, crossing as many moral lines as police ones in pursuit of justice, that’s being commissioned by Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. with the studio announcing a big budget pilot to be shot for their adaptation of the BBC's Emmy-nominated drama.
With further reports that Elba has been offered some sort of on-screen role, expect plenty of buzz that he'll take on the lead role once again. After all, and as anyone who watched him make his name as Stringer Bell in The Wire can attest, he can do a convincing American accent in his sleep. And if anyone's worried about a clash of interests playing both roles on both continents, fellow British TV crime drama, Broadchurch is also getting a remake (Gracepoint) with David Tennant returning to the same role he had in the original.
The only real concern that awaits Luther fans (and given it’s been one of the most broadcast and well-received televisual British exports in recent years, that includes Americans) is that US remakes of British TV classics are rather hit and miss. For every Office there’s a Spaced. For every House Of Cards there’s an Inbetweeners. You get our drift.
If they start by shipping over the battered Volvo, they'll be on the right track.
Via: Hollywood Reporter