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FX greenlights “The Bastard Executioner” pilot from Kurt Sutter, Brian Grazer

By April Neale Jan 6, 2014, 4:32 GMT

FX greenlights “The Bastard Executioner” pilot from Kurt Sutter, Brian Grazer

Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter (R) - Photo copyright Byron Purvis/AdMedia.

From Hamlet on Harleys to Medieval knights set in a time of brutality and warfare, FX will bring the story "The Bastard Executioner" to pilot and hopefully to series.

Warrior knights were elite fighters and a big deal in medieval warfare. Historically, most battles won also had the most knights on the victor's side. This title of knight was earned, not inherited.  Knight training was a process that started at about the age of 8 and usually didn't end until the age of 21.

FX has reportedly ordered a pilot for “The Bastard Executioner,” a period drama that tells the story of one 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.

So, who was Edward III? He served as King for fifty years (1327—77), and had a storied history of his own beginning at age 17. Edward later ordered his uncle to be beheaded; he snaked his father’s throne and he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years. Edward also taxed his people more than any other previous king. He also kind of looks like Opie (Ryan Hurst) but with a bigger nose in his paintings in his younger years.


Under Edward III, the feudal kingdom of England became a highly organized, well-oiled machine that enabled lots of military expansion that set the wealth base for the Golden ages centuries later.

It is to Edward III that England owes its system of parliamentary representation, local justice system and the English language as “the tongue of the nation.”

Sutter mined this period of time and created and wrote the pilot, and he is executive producing alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.

“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,” said FX chief John Landgraf to Variety. “Now he has conceived a deep, provocative and historically precise narrative journey into our Medieval past — and I have no doubt ‘The Bastard Executioner’ will be another remarkably original and gripping series.”

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