FX Picks Up Tom Hardy, Steven Knight, and Ridley Scott’s ‘Taboo’

By November 18, 2014

The creative partnership between Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and writer/director Steven Knight continues. Hardy starred for Knight (who wrote Eastern Promises) in this year’s one-man-in-a-car drama Locke, and he also joined the second season of Knight’s BBC series “Peaky Blinders.” Now Deadline reveals that FX has picked up a new TV series called “Taboo” from Hardy, Knight, and executive producer Ridley Scott, and it’s expected to debut its eight-episode first season sometime in 2016.

“Taboo” was created by Knight but comes from an idea hatched by Hardy and his father (whose name is “Chips,” by the way). Set in 1813, it “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.” That sounds fantastic, and with top shelf talent like this attached, you can bet FX is going to push it to become one of the network’s prestige shows, especially with “Sons of Anarchy” wrapping up, “Justified” coming to an end after this coming season, and a lot of their content shifting to their new FXX channel.

Filming is scheduled to start sometime in mid-to-late 2015 in the UK, so we’ll keep you posted with more info as that date approaches.

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