Prime Suspect to get US makeover




Hit crime drama 'Prime Suspect' is being turned into a series for US audiences, with the action transferring to New York.

Actress Maria Bello – whose screen credits include 'A History of Violence' – will take on the role made famous by Helen Mirren.

And writer Alexandra Cunningham, who has worked on shows such as 'Desperate Housewives' and 'NYPD Blue', is adapting the acclaimed programme for a new audience.

A US version of the ITV hit was mooted two years ago but now a series has been commissioned by NBC as part of its autumn schedule.

Mirren's detective lead character has been renamed from Jane Tennison to Jane Timoney for US audiences.

The series is being made by ITV Studios America, together with Universal Media Studios and Film 44.

The new version picks up the original themes of 'Prime Suspect' – screened in the UK from 1991 to 2006 – in which a tough female detective tackles not only numerous crimes but the stresses of a male-dominated environment.

The programme’s creator Lynda La Plante is to be an executive producer of the series, which will also feature Aidan Quinn.

A pilot episode was made earlier this year although it has not been screened.

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