Fox is adding two more projects to its "event series" slate with The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, based on the 1990s O.J. Simpson murder trial that captivated the nation, and the adaptation Shogun, based on James Clavell's novel. These shows join M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines and Bruce C. McKenna's Blood Brothers on the network's long form slate, which were announced in January. Here's what Shana C. Waterman, Senior Vice President, Event Series & Multi-Platform Programming, Fox Broadcasting Company, had to say about these latest additions to their programming schedule.
"These are both epic stories - one fiction, one fact - that have captivated millions of people worldwide. They're riveting and emotional, with unique historic backdrops that lend themselves to the high-quality, dramatic event series we're looking to make," said . "Since we announced our first two projects, Wayward Pines and Blood Brothers, we've received an overwhelmingly positive response from the creative community, and we're ecstatic to have feature talent like Michael De Luca, Nigel Williams, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson working to bring these stories to life at Fox."
The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which is just a working title at the moment, is being written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon), based on journalist Jeffrey Toobin's book of the same name. The show will take viewers behind-the-scenes of The Trial of the Century, presented as it's never been told before. Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games) and Brad Simpson (World War Z) are producing.
Shogun will be produced by Michael De Luca (The Social Network) and Nigel Williams (Monsters), although a writer hasn't been set to adapt the James Clavell novel yet. The story is set in 17th Century Japan and tells the tale of British soldier John Blackthorne, who rises to become a powerful samurai warrior in feudal Japan.
Fox will order its first long form series later this year, with a 2014 debut already set.