EXCLUSIVE: FX has picked up Taboo, the upcoming high-profile BBC period drama series from Ridley Scott, Steven Knight and Tom Hardy who is set to star. Filming on the eight-episode first season, produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One and FX Prods./FX Networks, is slated to begin in mid- to late 2015 in the UK, with a debut tentatively scheduled for mid-2016. Sonar Entertainment is distributing the series internationally.
Set in 1813, Taboo, was created by Knight based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. The project centers on James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), 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. Executive producing the series are Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free; Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker; Steven Knight; and Gene Stein for Sonar.
Taboo, which was announced by BBC One in April, reunites Hardy with his Locke director and screenwriter Knight, and his Child 44 producer Scott. This is the actor’s latest foray into British television after earlier this year joining the second season of BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders, which Knight also created. It also marks the first major production for Hardy and Baker’s company, Hardy Son & Baker.
“We are privileged to have landed Taboo and to work with this exceptional team led by Ridley, Tom and Steven,” said FX’s Eric 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.”
At FX, Taboo is joining a drama series roster that includes departing Sons Of Anarchy and Justified as well as The Americans, Tyrant and The Strain; and anthology series/miniseries American Horror Story, Fargo and the upcoming American Crime Story.