Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FX Gives Series Order to Period Drama 'Taboo' Starring Tom Hardy

FX has given a series order to Taboo, a drama from producer Ridley Scott, writer Steven Knight and starring Tom Hardy, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. Production will begin in mid-to-late 2015 in the U.K., with a tentative debut in mid-2016. The series is being produced for BBC One in the U.K.

Set in 1813, Taboo is based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. In Taboo, Hardy plays the lead role of James Keziah Delaney, a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.

Taboo was created by Steven Knight, who serves as executive producer alongside Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy, Kate Crowe, Dean Baker and Gene Stein. Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker produce for BBC One. FX Productions produces for FX. Sonar Entertainment will handle the international distribution.

"We are privileged to have landed Taboo and to work with this exceptional team led by Ridley, Tom and Steven," said Schrier. "Tom's passion for this project, from conceiving the original idea with his father to portraying James Delaney, promises to infuse this epic story with great personal passion and credibility."

Scott said, "FX is the perfect partner to engage with this dark, fantastic world that Tom and Steven have created. We're glad to have them on board."

Hardy added, "Taboo is the first major production our company, Hardy Son & Baker, is setting sail on, and it gives me great pleasure to know that we are in partnership with FX and the BBC. I believe with the high standard of creative talent - with Steve Knight and Ridley Scott at the helm - and with the support and backing of these two great broadcasters, we have found the perfect home and team for Taboo."