BBC rebooting State Of Play with original creator

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Paul Abbott will return to the world of political intrigue in a fresh take on State Of Play for the Beeb…

State Of Play, the six-part BBC One series that ostensibly launched the careers of Paul Abbott (Shameless) and David Yates (the Harry Potter movies) back in 2003 is getting the reboot treatment at the Beeb, it’s been revealed.

Abbott is in “active development” on a new series of State Of Play, Deadline has exclusively confirmed. The original series starred David Morrissey, John Simm, Bill Nighy, James McAvoy and Kelly MacDonald, and was at its heart a ‘whodunnit’ shaped around a shocking murder in the cutthroat world of British politics and corporate greed.

The series got the Hollywood treatment back in 2009 with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck taking over the Morrissey and Simm leading roles of Cal McCaffrey and Stephen Collins. The film received generally favourable reviews and made a little money at the box office, but nothing to write home about.

No further details about the State Of Play reboot have been revealed, but we’ll keep you up to date with any new developments as they happen.