We’ve already heard that HBO is remaking Perry Mason into a 1930s-set origin series, and now we’re hearing another classic detective series is on its way back, reimagined for the modern age.
Van Der Valk first aired in 1972 and stopped in 1995 (although it only produced five series in total), now, according to Deadline, it’s coming back, thanks to Company Pictures, the production company behind Wolf Hall, Shameless and many others.
The show follows as a street smart and unapologetic Dutch detective navigates the lively and enigmatic city of Amsterdam, solving mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection.
The original series, which was produced by Thames Television for ITV, starred Barry Foster as Dutch detective Commissaris Piet/Simon Van Der Valk. It was loosely based on the novels by Nicolas Freeling. Warren will play the detective.
The show will be filmed on location in Amsterdam, and All3Media International is on the brink of securing major co-commissioning partners after negotiating with a select group of broadcast partners. The revamp came about after the distribution division realized that a number of international broadcasters were keen on the 90-minute drama, which sits neatly into many global two-hour drama slots, even though there was slightly less demand in English-speaking territories.
British actor Marc Warren is set to star as the Dutch detective.