Idris Elba's most famous character, DI John Luther, is getting remade for an American audience. 'Luther,' the BBC drama starring the 42 year-old actor, is being adapted by Fox with series creator Neil Cross.

Idris Elba starred in 'Luther' for three seasons on the BBC

According to Deadline, the network has given the series a pilot commitment, and Cross will write and executive producer the remake. However, Elba isn't going to star as the titular character, but he will also serve as an executive producer.

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'Luther,' which aired on BBC for three seasons until 2013, centres around an obsessive, and very intelligent, police detective who is constantly battling memories of his violent past while pursuing hardened criminals.

Fox will have a lot of pressure to try and repeat the success of the original UK series, 'Luther' was nominated for eight Emmys and Elba was awarded a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the brooding investigator in 2012.

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This news comes at the same time as Elba expressed interest in reprising the memorable role in a final one-off special for the BBC.

"I am desperately trying to make that happen. I think we're gonna probably do one more incarnation on TV. But not a season - a one-off," he told the Radio Times about a follow-up to the third season. "There's a story idea but no script yet. But we're gunning to do it at the end of this year. There's a lot of pressure from everyone to make it, so we're gonna do it."