We've been hearing that the hit British TV series Torchwood was going to get a U.S. makeover, now Starz has made sure that this happens. They have announced that it has picked up the U.S. rights for a new 10-episode season of Torchwood and fans of the series will be happy to know that all the key players are returning. This new version of Torchwood is expected to air during the summer of 2011 on Starz in the U.S. and on BBC One in the U.K.
John Barrowman will return as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, along with new cast members. The series will take on a more international scope. The new story will shift from the U.K. to North America.
BBC Worldwide Prods. executive vp Jane Tranter had this to say,
This gives 'Torchwood' the chance to feel like a real global drama, The story of 'Torchwood' will impact worldwide humanity and not just a small area of the U.K. This will scale it up.
The creator of the series Russell T. Davies added,
It's not a new version, it's not a reboot. It's not going to be 'Lost' and take 20 years to find out what's going on. It's going to have a most remarkable conclusion after 10 episodes.
The series focuses on a covert branch of the government that deals with aliens and alien artifacts. It had three seasons that aired on BBC and in the U.S. on BBC America. Earlier in the year, Fox was toying with the idea of picking up the series, but they eventually dropped the project.
I'm excited that Starz picked up the series. Chances are since this is going to be done on a cable network the series is going to be a lot more hardcore and edgy than any Torchwood season we've seen before. It should be interesting to see what they end up doing with the show.