Fox Orders Drama Pilots for ‘Luther’ Remake, ‘Frankenstein’ and Crime Series From ‘Psych’ Producer

Additionally, the broadcaster orders a comedy project from “Mindy Project” producer Charlie Grandy

Luther, Idris Elba
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Fox has greenlit three new drama pilots and a comedy. They include a remake of BBC’s “Luther,” a Frankenstein reboot, and a limited crime series.

The “Luther” pilot order is cast-contingent. From Twentieth Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions, “Luther” will be executive produced and written by the BBC series’ creator Neil Cross. Star Idris Elba is attached as an executive producer, but not to star at this point. Based on the BBC series, drama centers on John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner are also executive producing.

“Frankenstein” comes from 20th Century Fox, executive producer and writer Rand Ravich (“Crisis,” “Life”) and Howard Gordon (“24,” “Homeland”). It follows Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop, who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose.

Also from 20th TV with Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen‘s Temple Hill Entertainment, comes one-hour drama pilot “Rosewood.” Intended as a procedural, the proposed investigative series centers around the brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., the top private pathologist in all of Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death, Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.

Additionally, Fox has ordered a half-hour single camera comedy called “48 Hours ‘Til Monday.” Written by Charlie Grandy (“The Mindy Project,” “Guys With Kids”), the project follows one husband’s desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell.

Previously, Fox ordered drama pilots for a “Minority Report” remake and “Runner,” based on a Turkish format about drug running. On the comedy side, the broadcast network ordered Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens.”

Fox’s drama slate for the coming year already includes renewed “Empire” and “Gotham.” “Red Band Society” and “Gracepoint” won’t be returning.

On the comedy side, “Glee” is ending this season and “Mulaney” is dead in the water. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is its only renewed comedy thus far.