Tom plans to build his production company into a major international TV drama producer.  ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ  This is real muscling up. :)

NBCUniversal Inks Deal with Tom Hardy’s Production Outfit

by Leo Barraclough | Variety

NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production has inked a two-year first-look pact with Hardy Son & Baker, the production company set up by actor Tom Hardy (“Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception”) and production partner Dean Baker.

JoAnn Alfano, executive VP of scripted programming at NBCU-ITVP, will work with Hardy Son & Baker to develop scripted series intended for the U.S. and international marketplace.

“Tom and Dean are passionate storytellers with a talent for telling original, unconventional stories and attracting first class talent,” said Alfano. “We can’t wait to develop all of their exciting ideas and look forward to sharing their compelling stories with audiences around the world.”

Hardy commented, “NBCUniversal is a great fit for Hardy Son & Baker and this partnership is a fantastic next step in the endeavor to build our company into a major international TV drama producer.”

Baker added, “Tom and I love cinema of the 70s — the films of Scorsese, Coppola, Altman, Kubrick, and it’s clear that modern day television has become the dramatic equivalent of those films. At its best, television with its deeply nuanced characters and complex narratives is, by far, the most exciting and ambitious dramatic medium.”

Hardy Son & Baker was formed in 2012 with the aim of creating sophisticated, high-quality films, TV and documentaries. It produced “Poaching Wars” for ITV, a primetime documentary series starring Hardy, and is also co-producing drama series “Taboo,” with Ridley Scott of Scott Free for the BBC. (x)

Photo: Tom Hardy attending the Millies at the National Maritime Museum, London, December 11, 2013

Finally some news on casting for Taboo! Starts filming next week, apparently. This is looking very good. :)

Eight-part event drama Taboo begins shooting this week in London for BBC One and FX with an international cast including Michael Kelly and Jonathan Pryce now set to star alongside Tom Hardy. The series reunites Hardy with his Peaky Blinders andLocke collaborator Steven Knight who created the period adventure based on an original story by Hardy and his father Chips. Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker are producing with Sonar Entertainment distributing worldwide outside the UK.

Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney who returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to wage war on those who have wronged him, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the East India Company, whilst playing a dangerous game between two warring nations – Britain and America.

Joining him are House Of Cards‘ Kelly as American doctor Dumbarton; Pryce as Sir Stuart Strange, the head of the East India Company and Delaney’s nemesis; Oona Chaplin as Zilpha Geary, Delaney’s half-sister; and David Hayman (Macbeth) as Brace, the trusted man-servant.

Further cast includes Jessie Buckley (Shades of Love); Ashley Walters (Get Rich Or Die Tryin’); Jefferson Hall (Vikings); Ed Hogg (White Lightnin’); Leo Bill (Alice In Wonderland); Christopher Fairbank (Guardians Of The Galaxy); Richard Dixon (The King’s Speech); Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies); and Nicholas Woodeson (Rome).

As Deadline previously reported, Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing) is directing. Talent behind the camera also includes Director of Photography Mark Patten whose work includes upcoming sci-fi thriller Morgan for 20th Century Fox; Production Designer Sonja Klaus (Mr. Selfridge); Costume Designer Joanna Eatwell (Wolf Hall) and Casting Director Nina Gold (Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens).

Executive producers are Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free; Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker; and Knight. Timothy Bricknell is producing.

FX Nabs Tom Hardy
BBC Drama Series ‘Taboo’

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FX has grabbed domestic rights to the BBC period drama series “Taboo,” to star Tom Hardy.

Series hails from producer Ridley Scott and scribe Steven Knight. It’s the first effort to come from the production Hardy Son & Baker banner Hardy has launched with his father, Chips Hardy.

Story is set in 1813 and revolves around an adventurer who returns from Africa with a plan to build a trade and shipping empire and seek vengeance for the death of his father. Eight episodes are set to go into production by the end of the next year for a 2016 debut.

“Tom’s passion for this project, from conceiving the original idea with his father to portraying James Delaney, promises to infuse this epic story with great personal passion and credibility,” said Eric Schrier, FX prexy of original programming and FX Prods.

Tom Hardy and his father developed the story. Scott, Knight and Tom Hardy are exec producers. Sonar Entertainment is handling worldwide distribution.

Knight and Hardy most recently worked together on the indie feature “Locke” and the U.K. series “Peaky Blinders,” which has been a buzzy hit for Netflix in the U.S.


Tom Hardy To Play Legendary War Photographer Don McCullin

From deadline.com: Tom Hardy, coming off an Oscar nom for The Revenant, will play legendary British war photographer Don McCullin in a film that ’71 scribe Gregory Burke has adapted from McCullin’s autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour. The film will be produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, with Hardy and Dean Baker of Hardy, Son & Baker. McCullin and Mark George are exec producing.

The book is an unflinching account of McCullin’s journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in wartime London to becoming one of the most famous war photojournalists. Working for the Sunday Times from the late 60’s to the early 80’s, he risked his life to photograph the harsh realities of war from Vietnam, Cambodia, to Biafra and Uganda, one black and white image at a time. Hardy, who is currently reteamed with The Dark Knight Rises helmer Christopher Nolan onDunkirk, had an exceptional 2015 between The Revenant, Mad Max:

Tom Hardy said back in 2010 that he would like to play McCullin in a film (Arena Homme int.) and now it’s coming true. Amazing. So excited for this. McCullin is a hero. 🙌  I have all his books. Love that he is exec producing.

Photo (left) by Eamonn McCabe | (right) by Greg Williams

NBCUniversal Teams With Tom Hardy’s Production Company on Two TV Shows

Hardy Son & Baker will produce crime thriller ‘Pendulum’ and science-fiction 'Trees.’

NBCUniversal International Studios is taking advantage of its first-look deal with Tom Hardy’s production company, signing up for two new TV shows.

Hardy Son & Baker, set up by Hardy and partner Dean Baker, will produce Pendulum, based on the crime thriller by Adam Hamdy, and Trees, a science-fiction graphic novel series from award-winning comic book writer and New York Times bestselling author Warren Ellis and illustrator Jason Howard.

Pendulum, which is to be published in the U.S. next year by Quercus, will be adapted by author Hamdy and sees an everyman targeted for death by a serial killer, delving into the digital underworld.

“It was immediately clear to us that Pendulum’s narrative would appeal to audiences internationally given the book is a thrilling, high-concept ride about the nature of our digitally connected society,” said Tom Coan, SVP of scripted programming at NBCUniversal Int. Studios. “We are thrilled to have Adam on board to adapt the book and look forward to taking the project to buyers.”

Meanwhile, Trees is set 10 years after the arrival of a vast alien presence, who stand on the Earth’s surface like trees and do not move or communicate. Appearing not to acknowledge human life and society, the series follows the silent pressure and strange changes they exert on global communities from China to the Arctic Circle.

“Warren is one of the top names in comics and a best-selling author who has a terrifically subversive perspective on story,“ said Coan. "It’s that unique sensibility that sits at the heart of Trees, where he has turned the alien invasion genre on its ear.”

Hardy Son & Baker’s first show, the historical drama Taboo, written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and starring Hardy, is set to air on BBC in the U.K. and FX in the U.S. in early 2017.

From @FAR9E on Twitter …Amazing reception for @TabooFX in Cannes - well done boys 😊 #Tomhardy #Taboo #BBC #Cannes #HardySonAndBaker

Also some great news (via C21Media) for those of us outside the US and UK ~ Taboo has been sold into France, Australia and the Middle East! 🤘🏻👌🏻👏🏻👍🏻

Taboo premieres early 2017 on @fxnetworks and on a date TBA on @bbcone
Distributor: @SonarEntertainment
Producers: Scott Free London; Hardy Son & Baker
Length: 8 x 60 minutes

So excited for this series. I love everything about it !


The comics project Tom was hinting at back in May (”It contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean’s Eleven, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, technicolor Pulp Fiction. It’s a psychological fuckfest, it’s absolutely awesome ..”) is 100 Bullets! From THR:

Tom Hardy Tackling Vertigo Comic ‘100 Bullets’ for New Line 

The 'Mad Max’ actor is producing with an eye to star in the adaptation of the gritty comic.

New Line and Tom Hardy are loading up on 100 Bullets.

In the first move since taking oversight of DC Entertainment’s Vertigo comics line from corporate sibling Warner Bros., New Line is developing an adaptation of the acclaimed comic by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso.

Hardy, who played villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises as well as starred in this summer’s Mad Max: Fury Road, is on board to produce the adaptation with an eye to star. He will produce with Dean Baker via the duo’s Hardy Son & Baker production shingle.

The project is already down the line in development, having a script by Chris Borrelli, whose credits include the recent supernatural horror movie The Vatican Tapes.

Running for 100 issues from 1999 to 2009, the acclaimed comic centered on an enigmatic man named Agent Graves as he presents different people, for reasons unknown, with a gun, the identity of the person who ruined their lives … and a hundred rounds of untraceable ammunition.

Over the course of the series emerged a large crime saga that won accolades in the form of Eisner and Harvey Awards for Azzarello, Risso and the comic.

The plot for movie is being kept locked in a briefcase but insiders say the plan is to stay true to the comic.

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From The Wrap, great news about Tom’s tv show Taboo:

FX will be tackling  “Taboo” territory with its latest series. The cable channel has picked up the period drama “Taboo,” a period drama from Ridley Scott, Steven Knight (“Locke”) and Tom Hardy, the latter of whom will also star in the series.

The eight-episode series, which was commissioned by BBC One, was created by Knight. The series will also air in the UK.

Scheduled to begin production in the U.K. next year, “Taboo,” set in 1813, will star Hardy as rogue adventurer James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and is bent on avenging his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, Delaney sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.

Scott, Hardy and Knight are executive producing, as are Scott Free’s Kate Crowe, Dean Baker of Hardy Son & Baker, and Gene Stein from Sonar Entertainment, which will distribute the project internationally.

“‘Taboo’ is the first major production our company, Hardy Son & Baker, is setting sail on, and it gives me great pleasure to know that we are in partnership with FX and the BBC,” Hardy said. “I believe with the high standard of creative talent — with Steve Knight and Ridley Scott at the helm — and with the support and backing of these two great broadcasters, we have found the perfect home and team for ‘Taboo.’

“We are privileged to have landed ‘Taboo’ and to work with this exceptional team led by Ridley, Tom and Steven,” FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming Eric Schrier added. “Tom’s passion for this project, from conceiving the original idea with his father to portraying James Delaney, promises to infuse this epic story with great personal passion and credibility.”

“Taboo” is tentatively slated for a mid-2016 premiere.

“FX is the perfect partner to engage with this dark, fantastic world that Tom and Steven have created,” Scott said of the upcoming series. “We’re glad to have them on board.”