Fox 21 Television Studios is finalizing a deal to take over Welsh studio Dragon International and make it the home of Sons Of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter’s new show The Bastard Executioner. The Fox division is taking out a long lease on the studio, which has been largely remained unused for much of the past decade after going into administration with debts around $25 million. Dubbed ‘Valleywood’- in reference to Wales’ famous hilly landscape- the studio had previously only hosted one feature production, the 2009 Ironclad. The arrival of Kurt Sutter’s The Bastard Executioner will, however, see the studio operating at near full capacity. Fox is believed to have invested in updating the studio’s infrastructure. Plans for the studio were first unveiled in 2001, but it has been beset by delays and financial uncertainty.
Sutter’s show commences broadcast on FX next month. The series takes place in Wales during the reign of Edward 1 of England (AKA Longshanks, who also tussled with William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace), and the main character is a former soldier who hides his true identity and becomes an executioner. As such involves some of the most tumultuous and violent events in English history, and one of the bloodiest professions on earth. Speaking at TCA recently, the Sons Of Anarchy creator discussed the bloody tone of the show.
“I think my mandate, as it was on Sons and it’s the same for [Bastard Executioner], was that the violence, as absurd as it could be sometimes on Sons, that it always came from an organic place, and that it was never done in a vacuum,” Sutter said. “Meaning that to every violent act there are ramifications… yes, it’s a medieval setting, and there are laws in terms of punishment that were brutal and heinous. [But] that’s a reality of the world. ”