Fox has reportedly “abandoned plans” to remake the show after struggling to find a suitable replacement for 44-year-old Idris Elba.
Moonlight and House of Cards star Mahershala Ali, 43, was originally considered for the lead role.
However, according to reports published in Broadcast, the US network opted “not to proceed” with the adaptation.
Dana Walden, Fox Television Group co-chief executive, said: “It’s a little daunting to contemplate who is Luther now when US viewers can see the [original] show on Netflix and BBC America.”
Revealing that Fox “had a lot of conversations” with Ali before his Oscars hit Moonlight won several awards, Walden admitted that it had just proved “impossible” to fill Elba’s shoes.
Speaking at Keshet’s INTV conference in Jerusalem yesterday, Walden continued: “I’ve seen black, male Luther. I know exactly the best version of it. I saw it with Idris.
“That doesn’t mean Mahershala wouldn’t have done something really interesting and different.
“But it felt ultimately like a character who came from the same place, because the US version is even written similarly.”
Walden believes that audiences should need a reason for a reboot to be made, rather than re-watch the original BBC version.
Considering a female lead, the co-chief executive added: “That was really interesting to me, to take all of the qualities and shortcomings of that character and infuse them all into a woman – the anger issues, the passion for the job, the challenge connecting and yet a supreme intelligence connected to that job.
“We talked a lot with [Rosario Dawson] but ultimately she… wanted shorter commitments, and for broadcast, you still need enough episodes to have a satisfying season.”
Luther is available to stream on Netflix.