NBC is in the early stages of developing a remake of the popular and acclaimed British format "Prime Suspect."

According to both industry trade papers (but let's just cite Variety, for fun), "Without a Trace" creator Hank Steinberg is set to write what will be a two-hour pilot presentation.

The first British "Prime Suspect" premieres in the spring of 1991 on ITV and made its way to American television in 1992, introducing viewers to Helen Mirren's Jane Tennison, a detective battling both institutional stumbling blocks, but also her own personal demons.

The series, created by Lynda La Plante, aired in six multi-part installments, followed by 2006's "Prime Suspect: The Final Act."

Mirren earned six Emmy nominations for her "Prime Suspect" work, winning twice.

The "Prime Suspect" remake is part of a multi-project deal between NBC and ITV Studios.

This is also the second iconic crime franchise set up for an NBC remake in recent weeks. The network previously recruited "House" creator David Shore to work out a fresh take on the James Garner private eye classic "The Rockford Files."