NBC is developing an adaptation of Anthony Horowitz‘s Collision, which aired in November, 2009, on ITV and UTV, as a five-episode event series. In the US, an edited version of the original series aired on PBS, in two parts. Horowitz will serve as show runner on the new, US version, and reportedly will write the first two episodes.
The cast of the ITV series includes: Douglas Henshall, Kate Ashfield, Christopher Fulford, Jo Woodcock, Craig Kelly, Dean Lennox Kelly, Zoe Telford, Claire Rushbrook, Phil Davis, Jan Francis, Sylvia Syms, Paul McGann, Lucy Griffiths, Lenora Crichlow, David Bamber, and Nicholas Farrell. Continue on for more about NBC’s new Collision adaptation.
Collision drew an average 7M viewers during its 2009 run which was stripped over one week. The drama tells the story of a group of strangers whose lives are forever changed following a major road accident. Beyond the crumpled cars are invisible dramas, and when the police start their investigation they find themselves drawn into many different and dangerous worlds including government cover-ups, smuggling, torn relationships and murder. It also aired Stateside on PBS.
[Eleventh Hour Films founder Jill] Green, who will continue as an active producer on the U.S. series, said, “We are delighted to now be working on a local version for NBC as it was always Anthony and my dream that the drama should exist on a larger scale and as a longer length series. This is a country where it is routine to use your car to get everywhere – and never give it a second thought. The drama has universal, relatable characters and fuses together multiple genres.”
Per Deadline, the proposed order is currently for ten episodes; if greenlit, Collision will go straight to series.
What do you think? Did you watch the original series? Do you plan to check out the American version of Collision?