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 !

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


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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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