ABC taps David E. Kelly to develop sci-fi crime drama for fall 2007

According to an article in the March 28 Hollywood Reporter, the BBC’s crime-slash-science fiction drama, Life on Mars will be re-made for the U.S. ABC television network.

The story revolves around a modern-day detective who somehow gets transported back in time to the early 1970s. The BBC ran an 8-episode series earlier this year to critical and audience acclaim in the UK.

ABC has hired David E. Kelly (Boston Legal, The Practice, Ally McBeal) to develop the American version of Mars. It is being developed for the 2007-2008 season.