Friday, August 3, 2018

FX Gives Series Orders to Limited Series 'Devs' and 'Shogun'

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, FX gave series orders to two original limited series - Devs from writer-director Alex Garland and Shogun based on James Clavell's novel of the same name.

Devs revolves around a young computer engineer, Lily Chan, who investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, who she believes are behind the murder of her boyfriend.

The series stars Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaney and Alison Pill.

Alex Garland will write and direct all eight episodes of the limited series. He also executive produces with Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Eli Bush and Scott Rudin. FX Productions, Scott Rudin Productions and DNA Television will produce.

"After reading all eight scripts and hearing Alex's brilliant vision and commitment to direct all of the episodes, it was an easy decision to order Devs to series," said John Landgrad, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. "Alex is a visionary artist who with his partners has put together a stellar cast. We are grateful to Alex, Andrew, Allon, Scott, Eli and the brilliant casting team led by Carmen Cuba."

Shogun tells the story of English sailor John Blackthorne who ends up shipwrecked in feudal Japan circa 1600. He eventually becomes a confidant of Lord Toronaga, a powerful daimyo (feudal lord). The story also centers on Lady Mariko, a female samurai with invaluable skills but a dishonorable family ties.

Ronan Bennett and Rachel Bennette are writing the adaptation, with Tim Van Patten set to direct multiple episodes. They will executive produce with Michael De Luca, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich and Michaela Clavell. FX Productions and DNA Television produce.

"The story of Shogun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first released his epic novel more than 40 years ago," said Landgraf. "The themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then. We are honored to bring the series to today's viewers."