Luther Remake Gets Pilot Deal at Fox

Luther Pilot Order Fox

Detective Chief Inspector John Luther may soon put down stakes in the United States.

Fox has given a pilot commitment to an American adaptation of the popular British drama Luther, Variety reports.

Like the BBC original, Fox’s series would center on Luther — played by Idris Elba in the U.K. — and his travails as he solves crimes.

Luther creator Neil Cross will write the pilot’s script and executive-produce the project alongside 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment, BBC Worldwide Productions and Elba.

As of now, however, Elba is not planning to reprise his Emmy-nominated role in the American Luther.

At this year’s Emmys, the actor told TVLine’s Michael Ausiello that his series — which aired its third season finale in 2013 — was not finished, that it was “one of those shows that can keep going and going.”

Luther fans, what do you think about the character crossing the pond? Hit the comments and tell us!


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  1. Josh says:

    If Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson aren’t going to be in it, then why bother.

  2. herman1959 says:

    The only reason I watched Luther was for Idris Elba, so transferring the series without him just doesn’t interest me. It would be like a lot of other shows (on cable/hulu/Netflix, that is).

  3. James says:

    Oh, THIS’ll work…

  4. Jellymoff says:

    I don’t get why we just can’t air the original. They speak English and everything.

  5. K says:

    I don’t understand why. This show has been successful in both the UK and America, it’s redundant to remake it

  6. ... says:

    And broadcast wonders why their ratings are so dour. Yes, expanded entertainment options and increased DVR penetration are major culprits, but when you keep developing derivative, uninspired product like this, you can’t be shocked when nobody wants to tune in.

  7. Rachel says:

    Nooooo. Why do we feel the need to remake every awesome British show? This show is great because of the cast – Luther IS Idris Elba. No one else will come close.

  8. KingCrazy says:

    What? Why? The original version is GREAT, and it aired in America and it’s streaming on Netflix.

    And yeah, Luther without Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson isn’t Luther.

  9. H says:

    looks like Fox hasn’t seen the ratings for Gracepoint.

  10. Archie Panjabi as American Luther, please and thank you.

  11. Sherri says:

    Did we learn nothing from Gracepoint? Luther without Idris is like Dallas without JR and we see how that went. Everything I love about Luther is because it is British. Please don’t do this.

  12. Ellinas1978 says:

    Sure, why not ruin another great British show with a poor American knock-off.

    • Liz says:

      Poor American knock-off? ::sigh::

    • Reality says:

      Remakes don’t “ruin” the original version of anything, the original still exists and usually gains more recognition because of it. I don’t care for remakes in general, but fans need to stop acting like it’s the end of the world when they happen. Most are forgotten fairly quickly while the originals still maintain popularity, so they seem to survive quite nicely.

  13. Jennifer Sturdivant says:

    WHY WHY WHY? Why is a US remake needed? Idris did a brilliant job with this. Why do we need to redo it for us americans???? UGH. Haven’t watched the retelling of Broadchurch since I loved the BBC version so much and don’t see a need for David Tennant with an American accent.

    • johnhelvete says:

      It is not about remaking the show for Americans. Look at the number of movies that have been sold as TV shows this upcoming pilot season. It is fear of trying new ideas. Fear of not having a presold concept that can be summed up in a 20 second TV ad to promote the show.

  14. CK says:

    I usually don’t mind remakes, but this is ridiculous. What makes Luther work is the contained story, the actors, and the setting. American Luther is just going to be a soulless police procedure stretched across 13-24 episodes.

  15. Cate53 says:

    This is one of the more pointless ideas. As a comcept, Luther is nothing is nothing original. A cop solves crimes and is helped by a female super criminal at times. It is a show that worked because of the actors to a very large degree. Also the Briitsh short run format – from what I remember each series was only 3 or 4 episodes.
    I suppose I can see the original Luther/ Alice cat and mouse relationship being something they could transfer to a U.S. show but even more than Broadchurch/ Gracepoint, this is a charismatic actor show.

  16. Tim says:

    such a stupid idea. total waste of time

  17. mj says:

    These networks never learn. Why wouldwewatch a copy of something when the orig was so good? Gracepoint? Coupling ? Being Human was the only successful one but the american one was not an exact copy

  18. Kate says:

    why though? The original was perfect.

  19. Forest Whitaker (remember The Shield?)
    Bridget Regan

  20. jami1331 says:

    nope. nope. nope.

    there is NO way anything can live up to the original.

  21. No. Just… no. Didn’t they learn anything from Gracepoint?

  22. Mike R says:

    Yes, because Gracepoint was a huge success!!

  23. Stephanie says:


  24. Rain says:

    Why remake it, can’t they just buy the rights to air the original? I mean come on, who wants to watch Luther without Idris??

  25. knd says:

    Why???? Just watch the original which is beyond excellent!

  26. Luther benefits from brevity and a cast that could easily go for not just Emmys of Oscars, Tonys and more, who tend to pop up exactly because each series isn’t that long. Unless they do like a mini-series (and I don’t meant the Gracepoint style Event Series shot for shot but with more content style) I cannot see this adapting well.

  27. Helena says:

    No, no, no, Elba is so awesome at Luther, I love scenes where he isn’t even talking, one of my favorite things he does in the show is walk with his hands in he’s pockets, we all know the acting is amazing, but it goes further then that, Luther is in the way he stands and walks, it’s in the way he’s tie flaps in wind. I don’t usually get all bother by remakes, I watch the US version of Being Human even Skin, American TV is actually so different from British, that a lot times we missed the grit and just Britishness, that made the original so good.

  28. GhostWolf says:

    What is it with remaking ENGLISH speaking shows. Just air the originals. If you cannot understand them turn on cc’ing. We are so backward at times.

  29. David4 says:

    Why? What’s the point?

    Let’s remake Doctor Who? Of yeah Fox tried that too!

  30. Kay says:

    As the ubiquitous statement goes… “Just say no!” No Idris no Luther! Leave it alone!

  31. Jess says:

    As an American who loves the original all I have to say about this is: NO. No no and heck freakin no. Did FOX learn nothing from Gracepoint? This is a bad, stupid idea. Who do you even get to replace Idris Elba? That’s just not possible.

  32. abby says:


  33. Pam says:

    Idris Elba is what makes Luther. Without him, I’m not interested.

  34. Idris Elba is awesome, fantastic, wonderful. But British and American crime dramas are significantly different. Just make a new show and put Elba in it. We don’t need to redo Luther. People who like that sort of style would have already watched on Netflix or whatever anyway. It’s not like US doesn’t know British TV exists. It is silly to remake.

  35. Dr. M says:

    This show was lightning in a bottle. A remake falls into the category of ‘why even try’.

  36. Dianne Hill says:

    It isn’t “Luther” without Idris Elba. It is he who developed the character. I agree with Josh, why bother?

  37. LibKat says:

    And the bad, artistically bankrupt ideas just keep coming from Fox. Did you learn nothing from Broadchurch—>Gracepoint?

  38. kirads09 says:

    Dear God – the question is WHY? How about letting the original remain on its own and come up with an original? So not necessary.

  39. Luther without Idris Elba is like Dirty Harry without Clint Eastwood!