Remaking an international series in the U.S. with the same lead actor isn’t exactly well-omened given what happened to AMC’s “Low Winter Sun,” but Fox is going ahead with it anyway with “Gracepoint,” a redo of the ITV’s hit small town murder mystery “Broadchurch.” The British series aired in the U.S. on BBC America, but star David Tennant will be reprising his role as one of the lead detectives on the cast in Fox’s remake.
The idea may be a little suspect, but Fox is at least lining up an impressive cast, announcing today that “Breaking Bad” alum Anna Gunn and “Silver Linings Playbook” star Jacki Weaver has joined the project. Gunn, who won an Emmy for playing Skyler White, will play Detective Ellie Miller, the role played by Olivia Colman in the original, a married wife and mother who grew up in the town in which the murder takes place.
Weaver will play Susan Wright, played by Pauline Quirke in the original, a surly local who’s new to town and who lives in the RV park with her dog, working in odd jobs and hiding a dark history. Interestingly, while these two characters have retained their names from the British series, Tennant’s has been changed, to Detective Emmett Carver.
Like “Broadchurch,” “Gracepoint” will follow the mysterious death of a young boy in a seaside town and the investigation and media frenzy that follows. The series is scheduled to begin filming in January to be broadcast during the 2014-2015 season. Chris Chibnall (“Dr. Who,” “Camelot”), the creator of the original series, is an executive producer alongside with Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein (“The Bridge”), Kudos’ Jane Featherstone (“The Hour,” “Utopia”), Dan Futterman (“Capote,” “In Treatment”) and Anya Epstein (“In Treatment,” “Homicide”).
Futterman and Epstein will serve as showrunners, with Chibnall writing the premiere episode and James Strong, who directed five of the eight episodes of the original, signed on to direct.