How Gracepoint on FOX Differs from Broadchurch on BBC
As an adaptation of BBC’s “Broadchurch,” the FOX drama series “Gracepoint” will have some similarities, but also a lot of differences, from the original. How will the American version deviate from its British counterpart? Find out more by reading below.
By design, “Gracepoint,” which will debut in October 2014 on FOX, will faithfully follow the first two episodes of “Broadchurch,” which first aired in 2013 on BBC America.
According to Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein, two of “Gracepoint’s” executive producers, they didn’t want to change the beginning of the series too much because it worked fantastically. But because the FOX adaptation had 10 episodes, as opposed to the original show’s eight episodes, the writers of “Gracepoint” were given leeway to deviate from the original story line.
“We got a little more real estate, we were able to go down a couple different roads, and the cumulative effect ends us in a different place,” said Futterman before a press panel held last July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, as published on Zap2it.
The extra episodes will have new characters that are not even in the original series, which affects how the story goes. But the producers also clarified, this may or may not change who the killer of the story is. But in an interview with HitFix, Jacki Weaver, who is in the supporting cast on the FOX adaptation, was explicit in saying that “Gracepoint” will definitely have a different villain.
Meanwhile, the show’s lead star, David Tennant (“Dr. Who”), who is in both “Broadchurch” and “Gracepoint,” was challenged to be in the same series. In an interview with The Wrap, the actor spoke about playing the same character, albeit with different names, accent and tones.
“They feel different to me for all sorts of reasons … it’s such an unusual situation, it’s quite hard to remain entirely objective about it. It’s the same character, and yet it’s not it’s the same not different,” said Tennant via The Wrap, who also admitted to agreeing with doing the American adaptation because he believed in good writing.
“Gracepoint” follows the story of a young boy who was murdered in a small and peaceful seaside town in California. The show will begin on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. The series also stars Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”).
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