Variety's reporting plans for a London-based remake of venerable US cops and shysters drama Law & Order. Made by Kudos for ITV, the new show will use tweaked versions of American scripts, relocated to the British capital. They'll have plenty of material from which to choose, as close to 400 episodes of original flavour Law & Order have been produced across the Atlantic. The commission isn't set in stone, according to Variety, but negotiations have been ongoing for a year.
It's been common for Brit dramas to get a US remake, with varying degrees of success. Blackpool infamously became one of 2007's worst flops when remade as Viva Laughlin, while Life is Wild [the American redo of Wild at Heart] struggled to find much traction before the writers' strike halted production, but others have had more success. British remakes of US dramas are rarer, though a few sitcoms have crossed the Atlantic. Will UK audiences will embrace Law & Order: London? Time will tell.