US remake of ‘Luther’ moves forward with pilot episode in the works

Idris Elba will serve as an executive producer on the remake but is not expected to appear on screen

The US remake of the BBC’s hit detective drama Luther is moving forward.

Fox has ordered a pilot episode of the remake, but Deadline reports that it is “cast contingent”, meaning the episode will only be made if the network is happy with its lead actors.

Original Luther star Idris Elba will serve as an executive producer on the remake, but is not expected to appear on screen. The pilot episode has been written by Neil Cross, the writer-creator of the British original, who will also serve as an executive producer.

Luther, in which Elba stars as an obsessive homicide detective, began on BBC One in 2010 and the third and most recent series aired last year. The British original has already been a cult hit in the US, where it airs on BBC America, and in 2012 Elba won a Golden Globe for his performance in the title role.

Though Cross has said he has no plans to write another series of the original British series, Elba has said he is “desperately trying” to return to the role, if only for a one-off episode.