There may be life in this project after all!
A mere day since it was announced that BBC America had cancelled 'Copper' and would not be moving forward with a third season, Deadline is reporting that the producers of the series are reworking the project as a feature film.
Co-creator & executive producer Tom Fontana is joining forces with fellow EPs Barry Levinson and Tom Kelly to rework the extensive planned storyline for 'Copper's third season into a feature script. 'Copper' is a Civil War-era series that features Kevin Corcoran (played by Tom Weston-Jones), an Irish immigrant police officer--or copper--patrolling the Five Points neighborhood of New York City. The first season of 'Copper' became the highest-rated drama in BBC America's history, however momentum slowed after the premiere of the second season.
The potential big-screen version said to look at examining life in America after the death of Abraham Lincoln and the years of Reconstruction.
While this is very exciting news for fans of the series, I urge caution: the last two attempts by television producers to make the leap to features haven't panned out successfully. Back in June, Showtime gave up attempting to conclude 'The Borgias' with a feature film, opting instead to release the intended finale screenplay online. Similarly, ABC Family released the intended finale script for 'The Nine Lives of Chloe King' instead of developing a made-for-TV feature as a conclusion. Famously, after HBO was forced to halt production on the cult hit 'Deadwood' due to skyrocketing production costs, several attempts were made to bring the show to a conclusion on the big screen; surprise, surprise, that didn't pan out either.
Perhaps 'Copper' could be the project to break the streak of failed attempts? Stick with TVRage for the latest.