NBC has commissioned a pilot of Strange Calls, a remake of the Australian series created by Daley Pearson.

Hoodlum’s Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, who executive produced The Strange Calls for ABC2, will work on the pilot with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV.

The project was set up initially with the US ABC network but did not proceed after difficulties in casting the lead, according to Deadline.com.

The original writer Donick Cary has departed and the pilot is being written by Blake McCormick (Cougar Town, King of the Hill).

The plot will follow an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where, helped by a peculiar, elderly night watchman, he realises the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly.

The Strange Calls, which starred Toby Truslove as the cop and Barry Crocker as the night security man, screened in the US on streaming service Hulu.

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