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FX has picked up The Bridge to go straight-to-series, ordering 13 episodes of the Diane Kruger-starring crime drama.
The pilot was written by Homeland’s Meredith Stiehm and Hawaii Five-0’s Elwood Reid, reports TV Line. Gerardo Naranjo directed.
The series stars Demián Bichir (A Better Life) and Kruger (Inglorious Basterds) as detectives from Mexico and the U.S. who have to team up to find a serial killer with victims on both sides of the border. It is based off a Scandinavian series titled i Bron. Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Thomas M. Wright also star.
Deadline reports that The Bridge is a FX and Shine America co-production. Shine Group’s Filmlance co-produced the original series Nimbus Film.
FX president John Landgraf noted in a statement that networks have tried for years to make a successful series about the border and he is convinced that FX has finally done it.
“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,” Landgraf said. “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.”
In an interview with EW, Stiehm said that she would have to leave Showtime’s Homeland if The Bridge was picked up for a full season. “I think it’s one or the other...It’s a high-cost problem. It’s so hard to get your own series but, at the same time, What kind of idiot leaves Homeland right now?” she said in January.
FX hopes to premiere The Bridge in July. The network is also working on Guillermo Del Toro’s The Stain and Tyrant.