Writer/director Steven Knight has a life we wouldn’t mind joining now and again. For one thing, the creator of Peaky Blinders has gotten to spend a whole lot of time with Tom Hardy (both on Blinders and filming Locke), and he’s in the midst of yet another project with the actor — and Hardy’s father, Chips. (Yes, you have heard before, both about the project and Tom’s perfectly named dad.) As if it’s not enough that Tom looks the way he does, and acts the way he does, that he’s constantly frolicking with either babies or puppies, and starring in the year’s best movie (yeah, I said it), Tom (and Chips) came up with the idea for an adventure series, and courtesy of Knight, we’re finally hearing some updates on the project. Taboo, which is being produced by Ridley Scott, features Tom as James Delaney, a “rogue adventurer” who returns to Britain from Africa to avenge his father’s death, and to take on the trading giant known as The East India Company. With the aid of a few (14) stolen diamonds, Delaney starts his own shipping company…and presumably pisses off an executive or two.
Speaking with Collider, Knight revealed a few tidbits about the upcoming series, which will air on BBC1 in the UK, and FX, stateside:
Filming of the eight-part series is about to begin, and is expected to premiere in 2016.
“We’re going into production very soon — a couple months [November]. The scripts are done.”
Asked what drew him to the project, Knight mentioned (same as us) Hardy, and this “underwritten” period of history:
“First of all, Tom doing it is phenomenal. Wanted to something about a particular period in history, which is around 1813, 1814, when Britain and the US were at war, Britain and France at war, where there was this battle going on between the crown in Britain and the fledgling American States. There was a lot of spying, a lot of espionage going on…a company called the East India Company, which was like the biggest multinational conglomerate ever known in history, that sort of ran India — that ran whole nations, it had its own academies, military academies, it had its own schools…it was just this gigantic, ruthless capitalist engine that operated from the UK, and America took it on. And it’s just such an amazing world, against such an underwritten period.”
Knight calls Taboo a “drama with action”:
“[It’s a] drama with action — a study of a very forward character, played by Tom, and he takes on the world. And it’s the story of how he either succeeds or fails.”
The entire series will be filmed by one director a la True Detective’s first season:
“That is being negotiated right now.”
Previously, it was reported Kristoffer Nyholm [The Village, The Killing] would helm four episodes.
Finally, when asked if Taboo is a one and done miniseries, Knight said the series will “go further; it’s being planned for more than one season.” WHICH MEANS TOM HARDY WILL BE ON OUR TELEVISION SCREENS 5EVAH.
Oh, and btw, Knight has also confirmed Hardy’s return for Peaky Blinders third season.
Shooting starts in September, the cast is scheduled to appear at Radio Times’ Festival (9/24 - 9/27) for an hour-long discussion about the series and what to expect in season 3.