Another Pilot to Chicago?

Another Pilot to Chicago?

It's looking like Fox will be sending another pilot to Chicago this spring but there are still quite a few questions surrounding the project.

Fox has ordered a pilot based on the popular BBC drama LUTHER, which stars Idris Elba (pictured here), who was nominated for a Golden Globe last year for his work in MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. The LUTHER adaptation will be written and executive-produced by Neil Cross, who created the original series. As you would guess, the project centers on John Luther, a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers.

One thing we do know is that Elba will not be starring in the American version of LUTHER; he's on board as an executive producer with Cross.

After that, though, there are a number of details up in the air. The pilot is supposedly slated to shoot in Chicago in March, but a studio space has not been reserved and specific dates have not been confirmed.

On top of that, BBC has just begun filming a two part miniseries for the original LUTHER. Elba tweeted this week that filming is now underway in London.

Not too long ago, Neil Cross commented on the added two part BBC miniseries: "Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there's hardly been a minute when I didn't wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out. We're putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work."

Sooooo, where does this leave the American version of LUTHER? With Cross and Elba currently filming the BBC two-parter for the original in the UK and also producing the American version for Fox, we expect that we'll know much more about the fate of the Fox pilot very soon. As always, I'll keep you posted!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.