mark strong low winter sun AMC picks up 'Low Winter Sun' for a 2013 premiereAMC is adding to its roster of original series with a 10-episode pickup for a drama called “Low Winter Sun.”

The series, an adaptation of a 2006 British miniseries, stars Mark Strong (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Green Lantern,” “Sherlock Holmes”) as a Detroit detective who kills a fellow cop and believes he’s committed the perfect crime. He hasn’t, of course, and the shooting sets of a chain of consequences that drags him into the city’s underbelly.

Strong also starred in the British version, which was nominated for a pair of BAFTA Awards and won a Royal Television Society honor for best drama serial.

Lennie James (“Jericho,” “The Walking Dead”) also stars. “Criminal Minds” writer-producer Chris Mundy wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner. Endemol Studios and AMC are co-producing the series.

“Endemol and Chris Mundy have produced a beautiful pilot with an incredible cast led by the insanely talented Mark Strong,” says Joel Stillerman, AMC’s head of original programming. “We’re thrilled to be moving forward with this compelling and intense new drama and look forward to returning to Detroit for production on the first season.”

There’s no word yet on a premiere date, but it will likely debut next year.

“Low Winter Sun” was one of two pilots AMC developed in the past year. The other one, an untitled legal drama from Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, is still in play, AMC says.

Posted by:Rick Porter