It sounds like Dwight Schrute’s fever dream come true: actor Rainn Wilson will play a real cop in the CBS pilot Backstrom.
Nope, not a typo. Backstrom is a remake of a Swedish television series of the same name, reports Entertainment Weekly, centering on an “overweight, offensive irascible” police officer who’s trying his hand at self-improvement and failing miserably.
NBC had considered, and passed on, an Office spin-off starring Wilson called The Farm, which would be set on Schrute’s beet farm.
The idea of Wilson playing an officer is a bit delicious for Office fans, since Schrute was a cop wanna-be and volunteer sheriff deputy who kept getting in trouble for impersonating a police officer. It’ll be fun to see him with a “real” badge on his chest.
Backstrom is the latest in a string of Scandinavian revamps, including The Killing and The Bridge, which moved the action in its serial-killer drama from the Sweden/Denmark border to the U.S./Mexican border. Episodes of the American-made remake starring Diane Kruger are set to begin airing on FX in July.
Meanwhile, CBS is having a particularly buzzworthy pilot season, with former CSI star Marg Helgenberger set to helm the drama Intelligence as a cyber-security officer with Josh Holloway (Lost), Dylan McDermott cast as the male lead opposite Toni Collette in political conspiracy drama Hostages, and perhaps most interestingly, Harry Potter’s Rubert Grint as Super Clyde, about a burger flipper who receives a massive trust fund that he uses to fund his new career as a do-gooder superhero.
CBS is also the home of the much-talked-about Beverly Hills Cop pilot with Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold.