The series, which began with a dead body found laying across the border between Sweden and Denmark, will be adapted into a version set on the border between El Paso (US) and Juarez (Mexico) (pictured).
Deadline reports the new version will centre on U.S. Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger), and Mexican Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir) who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.
“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success,” said FX president John Landgraf. ”I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently. There have been great films set in that world — No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind — but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.”
The Bridge will co-star Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Thomas M. Wright. Matthew Lillard guest starred in a pilot directed by Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala).
Homeland writer/executive producer and Cold Case creator Stiehm and novelist and TV writer-producer Reid wrote the adaptation.
The series marks Shine’s first major U.S. scripted series since the 2008 acquisition of Reveille.
SBS ONE will replay The Bridge original sometime this year.