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High-Powered Partnership Comes Together for FX's 'The Bastard Executioner' Deadline

An acclaimed TV creator and a film and television producer who has been a part of 43 Oscar nominations and 131 Emmy nods have come together to develop the new FX project "The Bastard Executioner."

Deadline.com reports that Kurt Sutter, the creator of “Sons of Anarchy,” is collaborating with Imagine’s Brian Grazer on the period drama. Grazer has been behind a string of acclaimed films including "Splash," "Apollo 13," "Parenthood," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Frost/Nixon."

"The Bastard Executioner" focuses on a knight living in the time of King Edward III who vows to give up fighting, but is forced to become an executioner.

“I love the network. I love the world. I love the blood,” Sutter said.

Sutter will write the script and executive produce with Grazer and Francie Calfo for Fox 21 and FX Productions, the story says. The project is based on an idea by Grazer, who said he likes the idea of a character who is dealing with the “highest order and the lowest order in the culture. It’s about as morally complex a profession as you can imagine.”

Sutter will likely start working on the project when the seventh and final season of “Sons of Anarchy” is completed. The pilot is slated to film late next year.

Said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf: “For 13 years at FX, starting as a writer and working his way up to an executive producer on ‘The Shield,’ then as Creator/Executive Producer of ‘Sons Of Anarchy,’ Kurt has interwoven literary and pulp storytelling within two of the most successful series in cable history. Now he has conceived a deep, provocative and historically precise narrative journey into our medieval past.”

Grazer's television credits include "Felicity," " Arrested Development," "24" and "Friday Night Lights."

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