BROADCHURCH remake to star David Tennant
This summer, Fox announced that they had moved a remake of the British police procedural Broadchurch into active development. The Chris Chibnall created series starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman, and had swept through the United Kingdom, setting massive ratings records. Wednesday morning fans of the series received exciting and unanticipated news when Chibnall confirmed via his Twitter account that Fox had signed David Tennant to join the planned remake.
David Tennant is best known for his portrayal of the tenth Doctor in the popular, long-running science fiction series Doctor Who. Tennant assumed the star-making role of The Doctor after the departure of Christopher Eccleston in 2005, and remained for three series and a number of specials before eventually departing in 2010.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Tennant will reprise his role as Alec Hardy, the troubled police inspector leading the murder investigation of a young boy in a small, costal town. Entertainment website TVLine reports that the character of Hardy in the Fox version “Will be virtually identical to his UK counterpart, although he’ll use an American accent.”
During its initial run on ITV, the much anticipated series finale drew a record breaking 10 million viewers. A second series of Broadchurch is currently in development in the United Kingdom, but very few details are known about who will return from the eight episode first series.
Entertainment Weekly also confirmed that In Treatment writers Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein had joined Broadchurch as executive producers and showrunners. Series creator Chibnall will pen the pilot episode, which is tentatively slated to air during the 2014-2015 television season.
As we know, television series’ plan so far in advance, there is little way to tell how Broadchurch will look when– and if– it airs next year. However, the casting of David Tennant has brought tremendous excitement to a remake which had many deeply concerned. Does the casting of David Tennant to reprise his role as Alec Hardy make you more likely to watch the remake of Broadchurch?