ABC network is teaming with Silk creator Peter Moffat and Marty Scott (Drop Dead Diva) to adapt the legal drama.
The UK series stars Maxine Peake as an unorthodox barrister and her ambition to become Queen’s Counsel.
Hollywood Reporter notes Silk has received a script commitment from the network Scott will pen the script and executive produce alongside Moffat, with the production from ABC Studios and BBC Worldwide Productions.
HBO is already adapting Moffat’s 2008 drama Criminal Justice.
ABC is also developing an adaptation of Wire In The Blood, the searing psychological crime that starred Robson Green, based on the novels of Val McDermid.
Deadline reports it will be adapted by author/TV writer A.M. Homes (The L Word, novel May We Be Forgiven) and produced by ABC Studios, Endemol Studios and Mandeville Films.
Attending a session at Sydney Writer’s Festival earlier this year, A.M. Homes told me she had also been working on a US adaptation of The Fall.
It’s not the first time the series has been considered. In 2009 CBS and DreamWorks Television were to adapt the series under CSI: Miami writer Ildy Modrovich. The original series was produced by Robson Greene’s own production Coastal Productions, now part of Endemol. In 2008 he told me the secret to the show’s success was in lead character Tony Hill.
“He leads the police down the right path. But in the end he doesn’t solve it. The killers get away or escape or other do things. Tony Hill never solves the crime. And that’s the truth,” he said.
Both Silk and Wire in the Blood have aired in Australia on ABC.