FX has handed out a ten-episode limited series order for the period drama “Shogun” based on the best-selling James Clavell 1975 novel of the same name which sold more than 30 million copies.
The story is set in feudal Japan and charts the collision of three different people – risk-taking English sailor John Blackthorne who is shipwrecked and ultimately changed by the country, the powerful daimyo Lord Toranaga who is at odds with political rivals, and the mysterious female samurai Lady Mariko who has invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties.
Tim Van Patten (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”) will executive produce as well as direct multiple episodes of the series which will be shot in the UK and Japan. Eugene Kelly (“Westworld”) and Ronan Bennett (“Public Enemies”) are writing the series and will also executive produce with Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Michael De Luca and Michaela Clavell.
Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada starred in the previous 1980 mini-series adaptation.
Source: TV Line