An upcoming series that has been described as game of thrones but set in feudal Japan has wrapped filming and is set to premiere next year.
FX Shogun was adapted from a 1975 bestselling novel written by James Clavell and has been in development for some time.
Expect plenty of samurai, culture clashes, alien negotiations, survival stories, and plenty of over-the-top action scenes.
It will follow a risk-taking Englishman who finds himself shipwrecked in Japan, a powerful daimyo at odds with his political rivals, and a woman with dishonorable family ties trying to prove her allegiance.
Looks like we’re getting the best parts of game of thrones but in a historically fascinating setting.
FX President John Landgraf said of the upcoming American drama series, via Deadline, “The story of Shogun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first published his epic novel over 100 years ago. 40 years.
“The themes of a stranger encountering a new culture are as relevant now as they were then.”
An exceptional team is also involved in the production and writing of the series.
The series will span 10 episodes, with the first two being written by Justin Marks, who was behind the recent hit film. Top Gun: Maverick and live action The jungle Book adaptation.
While legendary HBO director Tim Van Patten, who worked on The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and game of thrones himself, will serve as the show’s executive producer.
The show is set to provide a huge breakout moment for English actor Cosmo Jarvis, who will play John Blackthorne, and has appeared on shows such as Peaky Blinders and Raised by wolves.
Landgraf has pointed out in the past that the story will be told from both Blackthorne’s Western perspective, as well as a Japanese perspective so that the audience gets a balanced view of the situation.
A TV adaptation of the story was actually made in 1980, starring Richard Chamberlain.
The series received critical acclaim at the time and won a Golden Globe Award at the time for Best Television Series – Drama, while Chamberlain and his co-star Yoko Shimada also won gongs for their performances.
As for the upcoming remake, expect a 2023 release on streaming services such as Disney+ with the entertainment juggernaut’s FX Networks.