‘Luther’ to get US remake, with Idris Elba unlikely to star

Fox has ordered a pilot episode of the detective drama, to penned by the original's writer-creator

A US remake of the BBC’s hit detective drama Luther is in the works.

Fox has ordered a pilot episode of the US version, which will be written by Neil Cross, the writer-creator of the British original. If Fox chooses not to air the pilot, the network will be liable to pay a sizeable penalty.

Idris Elba will serve as an executive producer on the remake, Variety reports, but is unlikely to star in it.

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.