Fox Buys ‘The Crusaders’ Drama From Idris Elba, ‘Legacy’ Helmer & Legendary

Fox has put in development The Crusaders, an hourlong drama series from Legacy writer-director Thomas Ikimi, the 2010 film’s star Idris Elba, Legendary TV and studio-based Di Bonaventura Television.

Written by Ikimi, The Crusaders, which has a script commitment, focuses on an extended family of second-generation Africans living in the U.S. who specialize in locating and returning valuable objects stolen from Africa during colonial occupation. UK-born Ikimi and Elba are both of African descent. Elba executive produces the project through his Green Door Pictures, along with Ikimi through T&T Studios and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott via Di Bonaventura Television.

Elba also executive produces Fox’s Luther remake, which went to pilot stage but has had problems casting the lead, played by Elba in the original British series.

Ikimi’s short film Nostradamus premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. He’s repped by CAA, The Artists Partnership in the UK and attorneys Stuart Rosenthal and Patrick Ragen. Elba is repped by WME and The Artists Partnership in the UK. Di Bonaventura Television is with CAA.

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