TV crew scouts Minneapolis for new series

KRISTIN TILLOTSON | Updated 12/16/2013

If it's picked, an 8-episode American version of the hit BBC series "The Fall" would be shot here in late spring.

Gillian Anderson stars in the original "The Fall," which is being adapted for American television.

A British production crew was in town recently braving subzero temps and hockey-rink roads as they checked out Minneapolis as a possible location for an American version of the hit BBC serial-killer series “The Fall.”

Starring Gillian Anderson as a detective in Belfast on the tail of a killer  whose day job is grief counselor (Jamie Dornan, who's since been cast as the male lust interest in the  "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie),  the show  was no. 1 in its time slot in Britain last spring, and has been popular on Netflix streaming here. American author A.M. Homes, who will write the teleplay for the as-yet-uncast U.S. adaptation, came along for the ride.

“Instead of just blowing into town to see if we’ll give them the best deal, they actually talked to police officers  about what particular crime problems we have,” said Lucinda Winter, director of the Minnesota  Film & TV Board. “They said they want a place with interesting back stories.”

Winter estimates if Minneapolis lands the show, the production will spend at least $8 million in the state and be eligible for a 25-percent kickback incentive through the Legacy-funded Snowbate program. Only two other cities (that Winter knows of) are in the running, Pittsburgh and New Haven.

[Photo: BBC]