Thursday, January 8, 2015

Producer Allan Cubitt Talks About 'The Fall' Season 3 Plans

HitFix - The second season of "The Fall" won't premiere on Netflix until January 16, so don't go spoiling things, fancy-pants British who have already seen all six episodes.

I'm certainly not going to spoil anything from the second season, which concluded on BBC One on December 17, but at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (January 7) morning, creator Allan Cubitt teased that a third season is likely, even if hasn't been formally announced.

"We're in a situation where I'm very confident there will be a third season.  But because of internal BBC situation at the moment, it hasn't been officially announced," Cubitt told reporters. "I think the story can continue, but I'll have to reserve judgment on that, I think, until I get the green light and the go-ahead."

"The Fall" originally premiered on BBC Two in May 2013 and drama, which stars  Gillian Anderson as a British police officer tracking a serial killer (Jamie Dornan) in Belfast, migrated to Netflix soon after. While the first season was produced for the Beeb, but only distributed by Netflix, the second season has become a co-production with Netflix.

So that means that "The Fall" is already partially an American show and it features a rather well-known American leading lady, as well as a leading man who was a regular on one network show ("Once Upon a Time") and has a large studio movie coming up. "But that hasn't stopped Hollywood from circling The Fall," Cubitt says.

"We were approached, and we had a deal that fell through for a remake of 'The Fall,'" Cubitt says.

I can't instantly find a record of that deal/development, but given FOX's remake of "Broadchurch" and the network's possible development of a "Luther" remake (as well as dozens of other Brit-to-Yank translations of the years), it's hardly surprising that the idea was floated.

Though many a Brit creator has had a hand in Americanizing their shows, Cubitt doesn't seem enthusiastic about the prospect.

"I think there's probably still sort of, maybe, interest out there," He said. "I think maybe after the second season, there might be more. For me, we share a common language. I'm not quite sure why you would remake 'The Fall,' particularly for the American market. I'm really gratified by the fact that Belfast accents seem to present no problem. So I'm very happy with you guys watching what we've created."

So set that quote aside for when the remake rises again.

"The Fall" Season 2 begins on Netflix on January 16.


Deadline - In the world of Netflix series, the concept of a “season” is all but obsolete since all installments of a group of episodes premiere on the same date. But at a Netflix TCA panel today on its crime drama series The Fall, series creator/writer/director Allan Cubitt said that traditional seasons very much have shaped the storytelling of this series, borrowed from the BBC.

The Fall’s second season of 6 episodes launches on Jan. 16 on Netflix. It began airing for UK audiences last November. Will there be a third season? “I can’t answer that at the moment (but) it’s a situation where I’m very confident there will be third season pending an official greenlight from the BBC”, said Cubitt.

Because the series was launched under the BBC’s weekly-installment model, Cubitt said that the concept of seasons was very important when the show was being conceived across the pond.

“When I first pitched the idea for the BBC I asked for 12 parts, knew I needed at least that much time to get through the first part of story,” said Cubitt, who appeared on today’s panel with stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. The BBC then told him good news and bad news: They wanted the show, but the season was going to be only five hours. “(I asked) do I have to end the story?”

BBC said there was no requirement to have a story ending for Season 1— but Cubitt said he chose to end the first season on a cliffhanger in hopes of a second season. “It would have been very strange I think if there had been no second season,” with serial killer Paul Spector (Dornan’s character) driving off with his family. “Netflix put money up in front of Season 2, so we knew were working with Netflix at the start of the second season. 

Cubitt also said he has an idea for an ending for the series but controversies over the ending of such series as The Sopranos or Dexter have made him realize there’s no way to please everybody.

He added that audiences should not expect an American version of The Fall. He confirmed that there had been a deal in place that fell through, but said “I’m not sure why you would remake The Fall… I’m very happy with you guys watching what we’ve created.”

Anderson was asked how the Netflix model and today’s binge-watching opportunities differ from the experience she had on the popular The X-Files. “That was a different planet, that was before any of this,” she said. “The X-Files was the beginning of appointment television. We’re the end of appointment television.”

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