Fox has two new event series in development: Shogun and The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the network announced Wednesday.
Shogun will be based on the bestselling novel by James Clavell, about a British hero in 1600s feudal Japan who becomes a samurai. It will be produced by Michael De Luca and Nigel Williams. Shogun was previously adapted as a popular miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain in 1980.
The Simpson project, from Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book about O.J. Simpson’s murder trial in the mid-1990s.
“These are both epic stories — one fiction, one fact — that have captivated millions of people worldwide,” Senior Vice President Shana C. Waterman said in a statement. “They’re riveting and emotional, with unique historic backdrops that lend themselves to the high-quality, dramatic event series we’re looking to make.”
The two projects join Fox’s previously-announced pair of event series, the M. Night Shyamalan-directed Wayward Pines and Blood Brothers, about the West Point class of 1861.The series are set to debut in 2014.
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