"Law & Order" taking on London crime scene

Thu Jan 3, 2008 8:52am EST
 
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By Kimberly Nordyke and Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Law & Order" is getting a British accent. Series creator Dick Wolf and producer NBC Universal are in negotiations to allow a British firm to develop a series tentatively titled "Law & Order: London" for the ITV network.

The project, to be produced by London-based Kudos Film & Television, would mark the first locally produced version of "Law & Order," and the first English-speaking version of any series in the venerable crime franchise outside of the United States.

Russia already has local versions of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and France also has its own version of "Law & Order: CI."

"Law & Order," which made its 18th-season premiere on NBC on Wednesday night, is TV's longest-running crime series and its second-longest-running drama series behind "Gunsmoke."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Creator and executive producer Dick Wolf gestures at the panel for the NBC television series "Law &amp; Order" during the "Television Critics Association" summer 2006 media tour in Pasadena, California, July 21, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>