AMC is looking to add another dark police drama to its roster with Low Winter Sun, which originally aired in Britain as a miniseries in 2006. The revamped American version, which will be a co-production the Dutch Endemol Studios and AMC, will be written and executive produced by Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds). Like the series on which it will be based, this version will feature a detective who murders another detective, believing it to be the perfect crime.
In the new series, Mark Strong is likely to reprise his role of that murderous detective, Frank Agnew, with the setting moving from Edinburgh to Detroit. It will also feature James Ransone (Treme) as Damon Callis, a member of the Detroit organized crime syndicate into which Agnew will be drawn. For more on the project, hit the jump.
The original British series was nominated for a Best Drama BAFTA, and Strong’s performance was highly praised (he played one of two cops involved in the murder, whereas the AMC series will feature only one). The original was an extremely dark and dour, though stylized, thriller that told a tale of murder, deception, revenge and corruption, which Deadline has confirmed will be the same thrust of the new series. Strong was most recently seen in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and will be featured in Kathryn Bigelow‘s latest project Zero Dark Thirty.
Fans of showrunner David Simon‘s work will recognize James Ransone in his many small but unforgettable parts in series like The Wire, Generation Kill and Treme. Simon’s continued partnership with him speaks volumes – though Ransone is not a typical leading man, he oozes a nervous kind of charisma that should serve him well in his Low Winter Sun gangster role.
AMC has never declined to produce a show that it accepts as a pilot, so hopefully the promising series will turn up on the network in the near future for a full run.