Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is teaming up with Imagine Television's Brian Grazer and FX for a period drama series entitled The Bastard Executioner, which has been given a pilot order by the network
The story follows one of King Edward III's traumatized knights who vows to never pick up his sword again, until, of course, he gets caught up in yet another violent conflict. Here's what Kurt Sutter had to say in a succinct statement.
"I love the network. I love the world. I love the blood."
Kurt Sutter will write the pilot script and executive produce, alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. The pilot is slated to go into production late next year, after Kurt Sutter wraps on his seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy.
Here's what FX Networks CEO John Landgraf had to say about getting back in business with Kurt Sutter.
"For 13 years at FX, starting as a writer and working his way up to an executive producer on The Shield, then as Creator/Executive Producer of Sons of Anarchy, Kurt has interwoven literary and pulp storytelling within two of the most successful series in cable history. Now he has conceived a deep, provocative and historically precise narrative journey into our medieval past - and I have no doubt Bastard Executioner will be another remarkably original and gripping series. We're also thrilled to be in business with Brian Grazer, one of the most gifted film and TV producers in the business."
Brian Grazer, who came up with the original concept for The Bastard Executioner, had this to say in his own statement.
"I find the executioner to be an incredibly fascinating and provocative character. He deals with the highest order and the lowest order in the culture. It's about as morally complex a profession as you can imagine, and it is going to make for a spellbinding series."
The idea was pitched to Kurt Sutter by Brian Grazer, Fox 21 president Bert Salke and 20th Century Fox chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. The writer developed a whole world around the idea, and it was bought on the spot by FX.