FX Greenlights Drama Series Deadline
FX apparently liked what it saw in a drama pilot, as the cable channel has given the project a 13-episode series order. Deadline.com reports that “The Bridge,” from writers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid and starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, received the series order.
“Filming on the series, co-produced by Shine America and FX Prods., begins in April for a July premiere. It marks Shine’s first major U.S. scripted series since the 2008 acquisition of Reveille,” the story reports. “Based on the Danish/Swedish series ‘Bron,’ which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, ‘The Bridge’ is set on the border between El Paso and Juarez. It centers on two detectives -- one from the U.S., Detective Sonya Cross (Kruger), and one from Mexico, Marco Ruiz (Bichir) -- who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.”
The adaptation was penned by “Homeland” writer/executive producer and “Cold Case” creator Stiehm and novelist and TV writer-producer Reid, the piece notes. Stiehm and Reid will executive produce with Shine America’s Carolyn G. Bernstein and Lars Blomgren of Shine Group’s Filmlance.
The latter company co-produced the original series with Denmark’s Nimbus Film.
The cast of “The Bridge” also includes Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish and Thomas M. Wright.