US cable network FX has greenlit its adaptation of Danish/Swedish crime drama The Bridge to series with a 13-episode order.
Where the original centred on the discovery of a dead body on the Øresund bridge linking Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden, the US adaptation transplants the action to the US/Mexican border between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.
The story follows two detectives, one from the US and one from Mexico, who must work together to track down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.
The Bridge was originally produced by Shine Group-owned Filmlance and Denmark’s Nimbus Film. The US version will be made by Shine America and FX Productions.
It was adapted by Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and Elwood Reid (Hawaii 5-0). It is executive produced by Shine’s Carolyn G Bernstein and Filmlance’s Lars Blomgren.
Shine International will hold worldwide distribution rights. Production is due to begin in April, with its premiere slated for July.
FX originally ordered the pilot in July 2012 and completed filming in December.
The series order for the US adaptation of The Bridge comes on the heels of a UK/French version called The Tunnel, which will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Canal+ in France.
Source: FX/Futon Critic