It should come as a surprise to no one that “The Bastard Executioner” will be a series! FX has ordered 10 episodes and the series will debut this fall. “I love history. I love theology. I love blood. It’s been very satisfying weaving fact and fiction to create a new mythology that combines all these elements,” Sutter said. “And with this extraordinary cast — Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal and newcomer, Lee Jones — this world explodes on screen. I love working with FX and Fox21TVS. They’ve been my family for 15 years. They not only tolerate me, they embrace my extremely disturbing storytelling sensibilities.”
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, made the announcement and cited Sutter’s long history with the channel.
“From his important contributions to ‘The Shield’ to his epic run on ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ Kurt has been one of FX’s most visionary artists, and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of Sons,” said Landgraf. “’The Bastard Executioner’ has lined up an extraordinary creative team, with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay joining Kurt as executive producers and an amazing cast led by Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer and Lee Jones in the signature role as the Executioner himself. We knew they could deliver something special and, under the expert direction of Paris, they did just that. The fans can’t wait for the first season, and neither can we.”
Fox Television Group chair-CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden’s Fox 21 TV Studios will produce the project with FX Productions.
“Kurt Sutter and Brian Grazer have been spectacular creative partners — and dear friends — to our studio for years, and their collaboration has resulted in a fantastic and epic new series,” the duo said. “’The Bastard Executioner’, written by Kurt and directed by the talented Paris Barclay, is dangerous, brilliant, emotional and undeniable. This is the perfect follow-up to ‘Sons’ and another huge event series for FX from Fox 21TVS and FXP. Viewers are in for a wild and spellbinding ride.”
The pilot was recently completed in Wales. Production will resume this summer before airing on FX this fall.
Sutter made this promise earlier today on his Twitter, which makes us very excited:
We reported a few days ago that Weev was up for two Appy Awards – Messaging and Social Sharing. The 2015 Appy Award winners were recently announced, and Weev took home top honors for Messaging! Way to go, Weev (and Steve!)!
Since it’s been just a tad bit dry of news on Steve lately, we thought we’d share this pretty photo of Steve with Timothy V. Murphy that Tim shared on Twitter. It was taken in Venice and it was tweeted on May 18th … and that’s all we know, folks! Though, we are assuming due to this tweet that Steve and Timothy will be playing half brothers on TBX.
In case there’s someone out there in Stevedom that’s not up to speed, Steve and Timothy recently finish filming the two hour pilot for The Bastard Executioner. Timothy V. Murphy will star as Father Ruskin, a brawny, yet gentle former soldier with bottled-up fury. Ruskin left the military for the seminary, and is a priest, rector and teacher of the court.
Steve will star as Milus Corbett, a street-smart and noble savvy, and one of Baron Ventris’ (played by Brian F. O’Byrne) former marshals in the army who now, serves as his chamberlain, chancellor and justiciar — and friend and drinking mate.
Timothy’s tweet caused quite a bit of banter among friends of his and Steve’s. Here’s a few examples:
It’s months away before we’ll actually get to see the premiere of The Bastard Executioner, but we’re already getting goodies thrown our way! Pretty good sign of things to come! FX released several teaser clips taken from the filming of the pilot episode and Steve takes part in a discussion about filming in castles from the 12th and 13th centuries. Be sure to check out The Bastard Executioner’s YouTube Channel for several behind-the-scenes videos, including interviews with cast and crew.
On May 31st, The Critics Choice Television Awards will air live on A&E at 8PM EDT. Killing Jesus, the critically acclaimed movie starring Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate, has been nominated for the Best Movie Made for Television award. It’ll be going up against Bessie, Nightingale, A Poet in New York and Stockholm, Pennsylvania.
Killing Jesus is one of Steve’s first projects filmed after the ending of True Blood. Fingers crossed for some well deserved recognition.
Shannon Lucio (Caroline Compton) shared this terrific photo of she and Steve from her last day of filming True Blood. Steve’s rockin’ some seriously big hair here (or a big-haired wig!). He would have fit right into an 80’s hair band!
Steve and Anna returned to the States just in time to head to Vegas for the Mayweather v. Pacquiao match. The dazzling duo were snapped ringside at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
And, Anna kindly shared this fantastic couples selfie via her Twitter. Thanks, Anna!
Killing Jesus will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 2nd, and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon!
Thanks to Eoin Macken Online, we also have the DVD specs, which include the following special features:
• What It’s Like to Play Jesus
• Getting Into Character with Haaz Sleiman
• Stephen Moyer on Playing Pontius Pilate
• Kelsey Grammer on Playing King Herod
• Stephanie Leonidas on Playing Salome
• Abhin Galeya on Playing John the Baptist
• Eoin Macken on Playing Antipas
• Joe Doyle on Playing Judas
• John Rhys Davies on Playing Annas
• Emmanuelle Chriqui on Playing Herodia
• Killing Jesus: The Costumes
• The Women’s Costumes
• Killing Jesus: The Make-Up
• Killing Jesus: Behind the Production
• Filming in Morocco
• The Director, Chris Menaul
• The Power Struggle of the Time
Hurry up and pre-order! It’s not every day you get to rewatch Stephen Moyer in a toga!
Steve did an interview not long ago with a dude who has risen to fame on WEEV. Known by the alias, Adam Weev, his collection of rather unusual and interesting interviews has gained him a large following on Steve’s iTune app. It seems we’ve been waiting forever for this video to be released and finally … here it is!
The video is filled with humour and not just Steve’s sense of wit, but the interruptions by WEEVERS is quite comical too. Steve mentions, “making a shit ton of money” from True Blood and mugging for a squirrel with the ability to take photos. Video highlights include, Steve’s phone call to Anna using his fingers and carrying whom we assume is Charlie, on his shoulders.
Ohhhh, what could be happening here? Elen Rhys shared this photo on Instagram a few days ago of the cast and crew from The Bastard Executioner having a rather titillating time. And surprise, surprise … Steve’s right in the middle of it all. Elen Rhys asked her followers to caption the photo and we’re asking the same thing. What would your caption be?
Looks like Steve and Anna may be headed Stateside in the near future, as filming for the pilot episode of The Bastard Executioner has wrapped earlier today. The episode’s director, Paris Barclay, shared this tweet with his followers:
In the meantime, we’ll be waiting with baited breath for the pilot episode to premiere on FX!
Anna certainly has some skills with a camera and thank the gods she has the perfect subject. Husband, friend, lover, teacher and muse all wrapped up into one sexy package. You go, girl!
THANK YOU, ANNA PAQUIN!
As all y’all know, Anna has a new Fuji digital camera Steve talked her into purchasing. And luckily for us, she’s getting to know her camera by taking photos of her handsome husband and sharing them on Twitter. It’s like she knew what we were hoping for.
We also want to give Steve a mighty big THANK YOU! for sharing this photo of Anna taking a photo of him.
Thank you, Stephen Moyer! Because of Steve’s persistence, Anna has a new digital camera. And because of this camera, we have a new, quite beautiful black and white photo of Steve. Everyone wins!