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FX’s John Landgraf on Hulu, the Disney Bundle and ‘Shogun’

  • Variety
Disney CEO Bob Iger, on the company’s earnings call after the close Tuesday, opened up about the possibility of FX creating an original for Hulu that would then find a secondary home on FX. That distribution and windowing strategy is still being hammered out, and there is no target date for solidifying those plans, but FX Networks and FX Productions chairman John Landgraf told Variety that he “would be surprised if, by the time we’re back here in January for the next TCA, we had not, by that point, been able to be much more specific.”

“One possibility that’s been thought of is the prospect that FX could make FX shows that premiere in their first window on Hulu and come to FX in their second window — not all FX shows, but some FX shows, could follow that pattern,” he said.

With FX under Disney’s umbrella post-merger,
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Film Review: ‘Bottom of the 9th’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Bottom of the 9th’
Nearly two decades after scoring an audience award at Sundance for “Two Family House,” a smartly understated yet deeply affecting indie about a Staten Island factory worker who deeply regrets stifling his showbiz ambitions, director Raymond De Felitta steps back up to the plate with “Bottom of the 9th,” another dramatically solid and emotionally satisfying drama that pivots on a long-shot attempt to fulfill long-delayed dreams.

De Felitta — whose resume also includes “City Island,” “Rob the Mob” and the 2016 TV miniseries “Madoff” — takes an admirably restrained approach to a familiar scenario that could have come off as sappy in the wrong hands. At the same time, however, he allows his most valuable players, led by Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, more than enough freedom to make vivid and compelling impressions within the lines he has drawn.

Manganiello plays Sonny Stano, a once-promising baseball player who was on his way to
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Film Review: Iwane: Sword of Serenity (2019) by Katsuhide Motoki

After dealing with the samurai genre in comedic style with the two “Samurai Hustle” movies, (and after the excellent “Recall” of last year) Katsuhide Motoki decided to tackle the category with a more serious approach, in a film based on the novel series “Inemuri Iwane Edo Zoshi” by Yasuhide Saeki.

Iwane: Sword of Serenity is screening at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival

The story is split in two parts. In the first one, and as the story begins, the titular character is studying swordsmanship in a dojo in Edo with his two childhood friends, Kinpei and Shinnosuke. Kinpei has two sisters; Mao, who is married to Shinnosuke, and Nao who will marry Iwane. When they return to their home county though, tragedy strikes immediately. Shinnosuke’s uncle shares a rumor with him that Mao is having an affair, and an enraged Shinnosuke ends up killing her the same night. Kinpei
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Blackstone & Story Factory Deal Pulls Bestselling Authors Steve Hamilton, Reed Farrel Coleman, Meg Gardiner Away From Penguin Random House

  • Deadline
Exclusive: In a surprise deal that could represent a shift within the publishing industry, Blackstone Publishing — the largest independent publisher in the multi-billion dollar audiobook business — has set up a partnership with The Story Factory to expand in the print and e-book markets. The centerpiece of the deal: Blackstone is making a three-author deal with New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar Award-winning Steve Hamilton, five-time New York Times bestselling and four-time Edgar Award-nominated Reed Farrel Coleman, and Edgar Award-winning Meg Gardiner. All three authors, who are Story Factory clients, are leaving Penguin Random House to join Blackstone.

The partners said that at a time when even well-established authors are seeing advances and promotional budgets slashed, the three authors will receive career best paydays in a deal in the seven figures. The authors get creative and promotional approvals throughout the publishing process, and guaranteed publicity budget for each book launch.
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FX’s ’Shogun’: ‘You Have to Have Japanese People With Agency,’ Network Says

FX’s ’Shogun’: ‘You Have to Have Japanese People With Agency,’ Network Says
At Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour, FX CEO John Landgraf sat down with IndieWire to discuss the network’s proposed adaptation of “Shogun,” which was announced six months ago. “It’s daunting, I will say. But James Clavell tried to do that with a novel, and frankly the source material is absolutely great,” he said. “I think it’s really worth re-adapting by the standards of today.”

“Standards of today” are keywords here. Clavell published “Shogun” in 1975 to critical acclaim, which led to an equally successful 1980 miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain as John Blackthorne, a 17th-century English sailor who rises in the ranks in feudal Japan. Period trappings notwithstanding, the whole East-meets-West narrative feels outdated, especially told from the perspective of a white man.

According to Landgraf, the premise will remain the same, but the series will include more Japanese perspectives.

“We’ve supported the producers and the writers in changing the structure,
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‘Shōgun’: Production On FX Limited Series Has Been Delayed; Here Is Why

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Last summer, FX greenlighted two limited series within days of each other, Fosse/Verdon and Shōgun. While Fosse/Verdon was unveiled at TCA today and has an April 9 premiere date, Shōgun has been put on a slower track.

The project, based on James Clavell’s best-selling novel, had cast several Japanese actors when the network recently made a decision to postpone production.

“We were heading towards production — still are by the way, I would still call this a project that is in active pre-production,” FX CEO John Landgraf told Deadline at TCA Monday. “We just didn’t think it was in a good enough shape. Our bottom line was – we just said, we need to slow down and we’ve got to aim higher.”

The extra time is being used for more work on scripts as well as figuring out logistics for filming the 10-episode series, which the network
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Tom Winchester Named President of Heyday Television U.K.

  • Variety
Tom Winchester has been appointed president of Heyday Television’s U.K. operation. He joins the production outfit, a joint venture between film and TV producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal, in January.

Heyday’s upcoming series out of the U.K. include “The Capture,” which will star Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner, and the adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel “The Long Song,” starring Tamara Lawrence, Hayley Atwell, and Jack Lowden. Both are for the BBC.

Winchester will join Heyday from DNA Films and TV, where, as creative director, he established the firm’s TV department. He is currently producing DNA-produced “Shogun,” a 10-part series for FX based on the international bestseller written by James Clavell.

“From my first meeting with Tom I felt strongly that we shared a creative vision. I am excited about the future and building the company together,” Heyman said.

“I don’t think there are many people in the U.
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Heyday Television names UK president

  • ScreenDaily
Ex-dna Films and Bentley exec Tom Winchester to lead NBCU-backed drama producer.

Tom Winchester has been named UK president of NBC Universal International Studios-backed drama house Heyday Television.

The former DNA Films and TV creative director and Bentley Productions head of development will lead Heyday Television UK as president from January 2019.

He will work closely with company founder David Heyman, who launched Heyday TV as a joint venture with Nbcuis, to grow a slate of high-end scripted series.

Winchester has already moved to hire former Sky Drama development editor Anna Hargreaves, who has been named development executive.

The hires
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NBCU-Backed Heyday Television Hires DNA Films & TV’s Tom Winchester As President

  • Deadline
NBC Universal-backed Heyday Television has hired DNA Films and TV’s Tom Winchester as President.

He will work closely with David Heyman, who runs the Jv, and will lead the company’s UK business. He was formerly Creative Director at DNA.

Winchester is currently producing Shogun, a ten-part limited series for FX based on the international bestseller written by James Clavell. Shogun will be directed by Tim Van Patten and is FX’s largest scale international production to date.

Winchester joined DNA Films in 2014 to set-up the TV department through a first-look deal with the Fox Network Group. In addition to Shogun, he developed series including Devs for FX and Black Narcissus for the BBC and worked with writers including John Hodge, Bryan Elsley, Danny Brocklehurst, Richard Warlow, David Wolstencroft, Dominic Mitchell, Hilary Mantel and Philippa Goslett.

Heyday Television is to start production on The Capture, a contemporary conspiracy
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Cate Blanchett Takes First American TV Role in FX’s Phyllis Schlafly Drama ‘Mrs. America’

Cate Blanchett Takes First American TV Role in FX’s Phyllis Schlafly Drama ‘Mrs. America’
To the list of international megastars who have made the jump to TV, add Cate Blanchett. FX announced Tuesday that Blanchett will star in the planned drama “Mrs. America.” The limited series will focus on the ’70s-era fight for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Blanchett will play Phyllis Schlafly, headlining a roster of pivotal figures during the legal and public battle to pass the amendment. In addition to being an outspoken opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, Schlafly also took stances against same-sex marriage during her decades in public life as a voice in the American conservative movement.

Tuesday’s announcement also revealed that in addition to Schlafly, “Mrs. America” will feature a number of notable feminist activists from that time, including Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus.

Mad Men” and “Halt and Catch Fire” alum Dahvi Waller is developing “Mrs. America” for FX, which is
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The Last Valley

The Shangri-La of war movies, James Clavell’s epic set during the 30 Years War stars Michael Caine as a mercenary and Omar Sharif as a teacher who take haven in an idyllic valley still untouched by bloodshed. The last movie produced in 70mm Todd A-o is gorgeously shot on fabulous locations but despite fine performances and one of John Barry’s most emotional music scores, it was a box office disaster and the movie has remained as neglected as the war it was based on. Like most ABC Pictures productions, it has been poorly served on home video, the 2004 MGM DVD lacking even an anamorphic transfer. This one is ripe for rediscovery.

The post The Last Valley appeared first on Trailers From Hell.
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FX Vows 'Shogun' Won't Be "Whitewashed Version" of NBC Miniseries

FX Vows 'Shogun' Won't Be
James Clavell's 1975 novel Shogun has been adapted as a miniseries before, in 1980, but while some initial reactions expressed doubt over whether such a story needed a reboot in 2018, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf saw a chance to modernize the story of English sailor John Blackthorne, who washes ashore in Japan in the 17th century and ultimately becomes a fierce feudal lord.

"When we looked at the [source] material, we realized this is very richly researched and richly written, very compelling and accurate portrayal of feudal Japan," Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter after announcing a 10-episode limited series. "There'...
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The Classic Samurai Novel Shogun is Getting a Limited Series at FX!

If you're a fan of the classic 1975 novel Shogun, you'll be excited to learn that FX has just ordered a ten-episode limited-series!

Shogun was written by James Clavell and the story is set in feudal Japan and "charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga, a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance."

I haven't read this book since high school, but I think I'm going to have to pick it up and read it again before this series comes out. I remember loving the book and it has the makings of an awesome series! I think
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Shogun: FX Orders Series Based on James Clavell Novel

It seems that everything that's old is new again. FX has announced they'll be airing a new Shogun TV series, based on the James Clavell novel that was published in 1975. TV viewers may recall that NBC aired a five-night mini-series based on the book back in Fall 1980 (above). Starring Richard Chamberlain, the peacock network's Shogun averaged 25.4 million viewers for each of the 12 broadcast hours. FX isn't expecting those kinds of numbers but they no doubt have high expectations just the same.

Here are the details:

FX Orders Limited Series "Shogun"

Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV, Michael De Luca, Michaela Clavell, Tim Van Patten, Eugene Kelly and Ronan Bennett Will Executive Produce

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FX to adapt James Clavell's Shōgun into an epic limited-series

  • JoBlo
FX is gearing up for what will be its largest production to date: an adaptation of James Clavell's "Shōgun", the epic best-selling novel which followed John Blackthorne, an 17th century Englishman who wound up shipwrecked in Japan and became involved in a dangerous struggle for power. John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, announced the project during the Television... Read More...
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FX, DNA TV to partner on 'Shogun', 'Devs'

Series unveiled during network’s session at Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles.

FX has ordered two limited series with DNA TV on board as executive producer – Shogun, which the network describes as its “largest international scale production to date”, and Silicon Valley thriller Devs from writer-director Alex Garland.

Shogun, a 10-episode adaptation of the James Clavell novel, will shoot in the UK and Japan, with executive producers including Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV, the production venture formed in 2014 by the Fox Networks Group and the UK’s DNA Films.

The series – set in feudal
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FX at TCA: Fargo Returns, Two New Series Ordered & More!

FX is the latest network to attend TCA and there was some big news for fans of Fargo.

The cable network officially placed an order for a fourth installment of the hit anthology series.

Chris Rock will lead the cast of the new edition, but what's it about?

Per a statement from FX:

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago, and African Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream.

In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation,
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‘Shogun’ Won’t ‘Fetishize’ Japanese Culture Through ‘Western Eyes and Male Gaze,’ FX Promises

  • The Wrap
FX will not be “exoticizing” Japanese culture in its upcoming limited series “Shogun,” the network’s CEO John Landgraf assured reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour Friday.

“I referenced, I think, in my comments that it’s really told from multiple points of view, not just the singular Western, white male point of view, so it’s told through many Japanese points of view,” Landgraf said when asked how the show would avoid “exoticizing” feudal Japan, in comparison to the ’80s miniseries adaptation starring Richard Chamberlain. “And there’s a lot of really fun and fascinating work going on to try to balance the story out and tell it from both points of view.”

The 10-episode series “Shogun” is based on James Clavell’s novel of the same name. Set in feudal Japan in the early 17th century, the story follows a mysterious female samurai and the shipwrecked English sailor John Blackthorne.
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FX Orders New Take on Classic Samurai Miniseries ‘Shōgun’

  • Indiewire
FX has resurrected a new take on “Shōgun,” a 10-episode limited series period drama that had originally been set up at sister broadcast network Fox.

Based on the novel by Clavell, and made famous by a 1980 TV miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain, feudal Japan-set “Shōgun” charts “the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga, a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance.”

Eugene Kelly and Ronan Bennett will write the series, while Tim Van Patten will direct multiple episodes. Kelly, Bennett and Van Patten will also executive produce with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV, Michael De Luca,
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FX Orders ‘Shōgun’ Limited Series Based On James Clavell Novel – TCA

  • Deadline
FX is bringing back Shōgun to the small screen. In what the network describes as In its largest international scale production to date, it has given a 10-episode order to a limited series period drama based on James Clavell’s best-selling novel. The book previously spawned a miniseries on NBC, which aired over five nights in 1980, starring Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada, earning multiple Emmys, Golden Globes and a Peabody award.

The FX series has had a blinking green light for more than seven months as the network worked on figuring out logistics for the ambitious project.

“The story of Shōgun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first released his epic novel more than 40 years ago,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “The themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then. We are honored to bring the series
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