AMC Picks Up ‘Low Winter Sun’ To Series

AMC has handed a 10-episode series order to pilot Low Winter Sun. Written/executive produced by Chris Mundy, the project is based on the 2006 British miniseries starring Mark Strong, who is reprising his role in the AMC version. A co-production between Endemol Studios and AMC Studios, Low Winter Sun is described as a story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption that starts with the murder of a cop by fellow Detroit detective Frank Agnew (Strong). Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter that detective’s life and pull him into the heart of the city’s underworld. Lennie James co-stars. AMC’s other drama pilot, the untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project, remains in consideration for a potential series pickup in 2013.

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“Endemol and Chris Mundy have produced a beautiful pilot with an incredible cast led by the insanely talented Mark Strong,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP Original Programming. “We’re thrilled to be moving forward with this compelling and intense new drama and look forward to returning to Detroit for production on the first season.” The award-winning British two-part miniseries was written by Simon Donald and produced by Tiger Aspect Prods (an Endemol company). In addition to Mundy, Jeremy Gold, head of creative affairs for Endemol Studios, oversees the project with Greg Brenman, head of drama for Tiger Aspect. The project is represented by CAA.

Comments (12)

  • James Ransone is back on TV!!! Yes. Loved this pilot on the page. Can’t wait to watch it.

    Comment by Ria Appur — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 1:09pm PST  
  • I love AMC and I agree that Mark Strong is a good actor but why remake a show with the same guy? just get the airing rights to the original and air that instead. It’s probably cheaper than remaking it.

    Comment by Dan — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 1:42pm PST  
    • Probably because the original was only 2 episodes long.

      Comment by Fanboy — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 2:21pm PST  
    • Have you seen the original? The production budget couldn’t have been more than that of some home-made videos put directly on YouTube. The thick Scottish accents are a chore to filter out to try to understand what is being said. As if those two things alone wouldn’t limit the American audience sufficiently, the original is just a two-part mini-series. That’s it. Clearly AMC wants a much longer story than something that is over in two sittings.

      Comment by MoreTears — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 2:28pm PST  
  • Really looking forward to this one! This script was incredible and Mark Strong and Lennie James are masters of their craft.

    Comment by Great! — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 2:56pm PST  
  • The original was brilliant. Atmospheric. Down and dirty. Unlikely it will be bettered.

    Comment by TC — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 3:17pm PST  
  • love james ransone!

    Comment by yobro — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 3:19pm PST  
  • I’ll definitly give this show a chance. Mark Strong is a brilliant yet underrated actor and hopefully this role will increase his exposure

    Comment by John — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 5:46pm PST  
  • Frankly, this type of thing should be happening MUCH more often. British actors are successfully crossing over (see Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig, Idris Elba, etc.) – why not recreate their best shows. As noted above, many of the UK shows have incomprehensible accents and UK-specific references. But the scripts are done, and are often great. I’d love to see American reboots of some of the best of these British shows with the original British star.

    Comment by Randy F. — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 6:06pm PST  
  • I will see mark strong in anything ! What a major talent .

    Comment by sp — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 6:53pm PST  
    • Did that include “John Carter” when it was in the theater, by any chance?

      Comment by Brian — Saturday December 15, 2012 @ 11:54am PST  
  • Yippeeeee!!! So excited about this one, and absolutely love the producers on this project! Smart move by AMC!

    Comment by AGENT X — Friday December 14, 2012 @ 10:15pm PST  
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