January 19, 2010 / 7:39 PM / 10 years ago

Fox developing U.S. version of "Torchwood"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox is developing a version of the hit British sci-fi series “Torchwood.”

A more straight-faced spin-off of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” is about a covert group that investigates and fights alien activity. The title is an anagram of “Doctor Who.”

Two seasons aired domestically on BBC America as well as last year’s well reviewed stand-alone miniseries, “Children of Earth,” which broke all ratings records for the network.

Unlike U.S. adaptations that have gone awry, “Torchwood” fans can take comfort that the original producing team is on board, led by series creator Russell Davies who is writing the script. The U.S. version will contain a global story line compared to the more localized sensibility of the BBC version.

Also, some of the current cast — most likely John Barrowman, who plays the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness — might star if the script leads to a pilot order.

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