The hit U.K. series Luther is heading to the United States, with Fox issuing a put pilot commitment for a remake, which will be executive produced by series creator Neil Cross and star Idris Elba.
Neil Cross will write the pilot episode, although no plot details were given. The original show centered on Idris Elba's John Luther, a brilliant homicide detective who is torn between his restless pursuit of killers and trying to salvage his crumbling marriage. The series also starred Warren Brown, Paul McGann, Ruth Wilson, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Indira Varma. Luther aired on BBC America in the U.S., earning eight Emmy Nominations for Best Miniseries, Best Actor (Idris Elba), writing and directing.
The show ended last year after a three-season, 14-episode run, but we reported in August 2013 that Neil Cross was working on a movie prequel that follows John Luther's early career as a detective, while he is still married to Zoe (Indira Varma). That report revealed the final scene of the movie will be the first scene of the series, where Luther returns to the Serious Crime Unit after a seven-month suspension.
Chernin Entertainment's Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are also executive producing alongside Neil Cross, Idris Elba and BBC Worldwide's Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner.