‘Broadchurch’ US remake in the works

Series will be set in US coastal town, with creator Chris Chibnall serving as executive producer

A US remake of award-winning ITV1 drama Broadchurch is in the works.

The creator of the acclaimed British series, Chris Chibnall, will serve as an executive producer on the remake as well as penning its first episode. The US version will go into production next January (2014), says The Hollywood Reporter, before debuting on US network Fox during the 2014-15 season.

The remake, which has the working title Broadchurch, will relocate the action from the original’s quiet English seaside town to a picturesque coastal resort in the US.

Fox executive Kevin Reilly said in a press statement: “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. We love the layered characters, we’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the UK, and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the US audience.”

The original British Broadchurch aired on ITV over March and April this year and followed the hunt for the killer of an 11-year-old boy found dead on a Dorset beach. The series, which starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman, was a huge hit for ITV, drawing a massive audience of over 10 million for its final episode, in which the murderer’s identity is revealed.