While most other networks are overseeing casting on this year’s crop of pilots, FX is ordering theirs to series. According to Deadline, the cable channel has agreed to move forward with a 13-episode order for The Bridge.
Based on the Danish/Swedish series Bron, the crime drama stars Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir as detectives on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso and Juarez, respectively. The two cops are both on the trail of a serial killer who’s murdering people in each of the towns. Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm and author/TV writer Elwood Reid (Cold Case, Hawaii Five-O) wrote the pilot.
“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success,” FX President John Landgraf said in a statement. “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.”
Filming is scheduled to begin in April in time for a July premiere.