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

FX Nabs Tom Hardy
BBC Drama Series ‘Taboo’

Cynthia Littleton
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 and Scott Free TV drama sets up in UK

Taboo, the forthcoming period drama from Tom Hardy and Scott Free Productions, is bedding into pre-production in the UK.

Cameras roll in November on the Steven Knight-penned eight-parter, which sees Hardy as a rogue adventurer returning to Britain from Africa at the start of the 19th century to discover he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father.

Hardy has been developing the project for some time with his real-life father, Chips, through his UK-based shingle Hardy, Son & Baker. Ridley Scott is also on board to executive produce for Scott Free Productions.

The hefty drama is lined up for transmission on FX in the US and BBC One in the UK.

The period drama is set in the early 19th century and sees Hardy’s James Delaney, a rogue adventurer, head home to Britain from Africa to find his father has left him a mysterious legacy. The 8 x 60 is for delivery to BBC One in the UK and FX in the US.

Ridley Scott, Hardy and writer Steven Knight are on board to executive produce, with Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm at the helm for the first half of the run. 



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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