FX has picked up Kurt Sutter’s period drama pilot The Bastard Executioner to series with a 10 episode order. Production on the series gets underway this Summer in Wales for a fall 2015 premiere.
Created by Sutter, The Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
The 10 episode series is being produced by FX Productions, Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television and stars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths Matthew Rhys. The executive producers are Kurt Sutter, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay .
The series order, which comes shortly after production wrapped on the pilot, reunites Kurt Sutter and FX, whose relationship dates back to the early 2000s, when Sutter was serving as a writer on FX’s breakout series The Shield. He then when on to create Sons Of Anarchy, which wrapped its run on the network late last year.
“From his important contributions to The Shield to his epic run on Sons of Anarchy, Kurt has been one of FX’s most visionary artists, and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of Sons,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions.
“The Bastard Executioner has lined up an extraordinary creative team, with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay joining Kurt as Executive Producers and an amazing cast led by Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer and Lee Jones in the signature role as the Executioner himself”, he continued. “We knew they could deliver something special and, under the expert direction of Paris, they did just that. The fans can’t wait for the first season, and neither can we.”