American Horror Story (TV series) Season 4 (2014–15)
On November 6, 2013, FX announced that the show had been renewed for a fourth season.Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Jessica Lange will be returning for a fourth season, although it will be in a reduced capacity.Film locations have been rumored to be New Orleans or Santa Fe.Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates are returning for the fourth season and are believed to both have main roles. Murphy stated in December 2013 that cast members Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Frances Conroy have all been invited back for the fourth season, possibly for main roles, and Murphy also expressed interest in casting new actors for the season, citing Finn Wittrock as an example of an actor he would like to bring on for the new season due to having worked with him on The Normal Heart. In January 2014, Murphy revealed that Patti LuPone was invited back for the fourth season after playing Joan Ramsey in Coven. Murphy also revealed exclusively to Entertainment Weekly that the season will take place in the year 1950. Murphy stated, “If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece. We try and do the opposite of what we’ve done before. Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent so I’m very excited!”
Fargo (TV series)10-episodes:April 15, 2014
In 2012, it was announced that FX was developing a new TV series based on the film Fargo with the Coens as executive producers. It was later announced that adaptation would be a 10-episode limited series. On August 2, 2013, it was announced that Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to star in the series. On September 27, 2013, Martin Freeman also signed on to star. On October 3, 2013, it was announced that Colin Hanks would be cast in the role of Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly.It is currently being filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta.
by Joel Coen
|Written by||Noah Hawley|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Location(s)||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Cinematography||Matthew J. Lloyd|
The Bastard Executioner
Kurt Sutter has teamed with Imagine’s Brian Grazer for The Bastard Executioner, a period drama project that has received a pilot greenlight from FX. Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward III’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. “I love the network. I love the world. I love the blood,” Sutter said. He will write thescript and executive produce with Imagine’s Grazer and Francie Calfo for Fox 21 and FX Prods. through Sutter’s overall deal with Fox 21 parent 20th Century Fox TV, where Imagine TV also is based. Sutter is expected to start working on Bastard Executioner when he wraps the upcoming seventh and final season of SOA, with filming of the pilot slated to begin late next year.
Shakedown, a period drama inspired by the life of Fred Otash from writer James Ellroy. Shakedown is set in the tabloid world and underbelly of Los Angeles circa the late 1950s. The drama centers on the city’s top informant/operator/wire tapper/fixer, Fred O’Tash, who lives and works where the glamor and grime intersect.
Otash, who died in October 1992, was a somewhat dubious 1950s private eye who claimed to have listened in on Marilyn Monroe having sex with John F. Kennedy; worked for Judy Garland and others; and taped Rock Hudson telling his wife he was gay. Mike Wallace famously confronted him in a heated interview. His career collapsed in the 1960s when Congress began to scrutinize some of the sleazy magazines for which he worked. He was one of the people on whom Jack Nicholson‘s Chinatown character was based.
This series is an unflinching portrait of the Puritan settlers at Plymouth Colony and their uneasy alliance with the local Native Americans. The series will be executive produced by Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side) and marks his first foray into television. Serving alongside Netter as Executive Producers are Dan Carey and Paul Giamatti (Sideways, John Adams). Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) are writing the series and executive producing. Produced by FX Productions in association with Touchy Feely Films.
Based on the novel “Sutton” by J.R. Moeringher, this extraordinary journey begins on Christmas Eve 1969, when Willie “The Actor” Sutton – Irishman, lover, folk hero, and the most prolific bank robber in American history – stepped out of Attica Prison and boarded a plane for New York City, where he proceeded to take a reporter and photographer on a five-borough guided tour of his remarkable life and crimes. Written and executive produced by Rob Siegel (The Wrestler, Big Fan), Sutton will be executive produced by Jim Burke (The Descendants, Cedar Rapids), Michael De Luca (Moneyball, The Social Network), Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways),) and Jim Taylor (The Descendants, Sideways). Produced by FX Productions.
They Marched Into Sunlight
a six-part limited series executive produced by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan. The project, produced by Fox 21 and FX Prods, is based on the bestseller by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist David Maraniss. Oscar-winning documentarian and playwright Eric Simonson (A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin) is writing the series. Maraniss and Simonson are executive producing alongside Gaghan and Suzanne Joskow, who are executive producing through Gaghan’s company, Unsupervised, under his pod deal with Fox 21. They Marched Into Sunlight explores the Vietnam War both on the battlefield and at home. It centers on two simultaneous events in October 1967 — the violent ambush of the Black Lion army battalion in the jungles of Vietnam, and a student protest against Dow Chemical, the makers of napalm, on the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin — both of which marked a dramatic turning point for the war and the beginning of an American conversation that is ongoing today.
The cable network is developing Conquistadors, an event series based on the Kim MacQuarrie book Last Days of the Incas. The drama tells the story of Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro, two Spanish Conquistadors who above all odds conquered the Incan empire of 10 million people with just 168 men, and Manco Inca and Cura Occlo, two teenage Incan royal lovers, who led one of the greatest rebellions in history.
Rasputin, from Indian film director Shekhar Kapur, tells the story of the Russian peasant and mystic who became an adviser to the Russian Imperial family. Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring will write the script based on the upcoming book Rasputin: Dark Forces And The Fall of The Romanovs by Douglas Smith. The event series centers on “one of the most controversial characters in history who is held responsible for bringing down the Russian Empire and changing the course of the world as we know it” and answers the question, “who was he really beyond the folklore, a true healer or the greatest charlatan the world has known?” Embraced by Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra as a healer for their only son, Tsarevich Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia, Rasputin’s influence with the ill-fated family placed them in the cross-hairs of the rising Bolshevik revolutionary movement, while cementing his own infamy with tales of heresy, black magic, sexual deviancy and immortality. It also earned Rasputin a lot of enemies, who tried to kill him in 1914, finally succeeding in 1916. The improbable story of Rasputin’s murder at the hands of several aristocrats is reminiscent of the repeated attempts on the life of Kevin Kline’s character in Lawrence Kasdan’s dark comedy I Love You To Death. During the course of one night, Rasputin was poisoned, shot three times and beaten with a dumbbell but somehow stayed alive. He was eventually dumped into the icy Neva River. Kapur will direct and executive produce with Scheuring. Smith serves as consultant.
Telemark, 10-part miniseries was written by Simon Beaufoy and is based on the true story of the British-trained Norwegian resistance fighters who sabotaged Hitler’s nuclear development program during World War II. Danny Boyle and Christian Colson will executive produce for Cloud Eight/Decibel Films for FX.
a limited series exploring American slavery from Kelsey Grammer‘s Grammnet NH Prods. It is based on the book Song Yet Sung byThe Color Of Water author James McBride, which draws from the life of famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped and, with the help of the hard-bitten white watermen of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, fostered an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad that she used to smuggle more than 300 slaves to the North. The Codecenters on Liz, a black woman making a desperate dash to freedom, on the run from a torn white waterman and able slave catcher, who takes on one last job — only to find himself in a war against a notorious female slave stealer. As Liz makes her way through the dark and forbidding swamplands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore using the black codes of the underground, the complexities of slavery play out in full force, pitting slave against slave, white against white, and plantation owner against plantation owner. McBride will adapt his book and co-executive produce with Brian Taylor, with Grammer, Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov executive producing.
FX has also begun development of “Desperadoes,” a six-hour miniseries based on Ron Hansen’s 1979 novel about Old West outlaws the Dalton Brothers. Robert Knott is penning and executive producing the project alongside Josh Maurer and Alixandre Witlin. The Dalton Brothers gang specialized in bank and train robberies and the mini-series chronicles their infamous crime spree in the 1890s, as seen through the eyes of the youngest brother Emmett Dalton.