Luther is not coming to FOX – at least a remake of the series isn’t. That is the latest from Dana Walden, the woman in charge at the network. The series had been in development since 2014.
At a recent event, Walden revealed that plans for a remake of the popular UK series for FOX would not move forward due to the difficulty of finding an actor suitable to take on the role of Luther for the series. Idris Elba stars on the UK series. Mahershala Ali was considered for the role, but plans fell through.
Walden said the following, per a Broadcast Now report:
“It’s a little daunting to contemplate who is Luther now when US viewers can see the [original] show on Netflix and BBC America. I’ve seen black, male Luther. I know exactly the best version of it. I saw it with Idris. That doesn’t mean Mahershala wouldn’t have done something really interesting and different. But it felt ultimately like a character who came from the same place, because the US version is even written similarly.”
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