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FX’s ‘Shogun’ Reportedly Developing Two New Seasons

UPDATE: Disney has confirmed FX, Hulu and the Estate of James Clavell are working to extend the critically acclaimed global hit drama Shōgun, moving forward to develop the saga with two additional seasons of the drama series.

FX, Hulu and the estate of James Clavell — who authored the novel on which “Shōgun” is based — are working to develop more seasons of the critically acclaimed series. A writers’ room will begin this summer to develop two more seasons of the show, Variety reports.

According to the outlet, series co-creators Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo remain onboard the series, as does executive producer Michaela Clavell of the James Clavell estate, as well as series star and producer Hiroyuki Sanada.

Keep in mind that this news has not been officially announced by Disney or FX.

FX’s “Shōgun” premiered on FX and Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ internationally under the Star banner on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 and reached a sizable streaming audience. Disney reported that the limited series garnered 9 million views* globally for the premiere episode across Hulu, Disney+, and Star+, based on six days of streaming—making it the No. 1 scripted General Entertainment series premiere globally.

“Shōgun,” an original adaptation of James Clavell’s bestselling novel, was created for television by Rachel Kondo & Justin Marks. The 10-episode limited series is set in Japan in the year 1600, at the dawn of a century-defining civil war. Producer Hiroyuki Sanada stars as “Lord Yoshii Toranaga” who is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him.

When a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, its English pilot, “John Blackthorne” (Cosmo Jarvis), comes bearing secrets that could help Toranaga tip the scales of power and devastate the formidable influence of Blackthorne’s own enemies — the Jesuit priests and Portuguese merchants. Toranaga’s and Blackthorne’s fates become inextricably tied to their translator, “Toda Mariko” (Anna Sawai), a mysterious Christian noblewoman and the last of a disgraced line. While serving her lord amidst this fraught political landscape, Mariko must reconcile her newfound companionship with Blackthorne, her commitment to the faith that saved her and her duty to her late father.

You can watch a previously released extended trailer below and read our review of the series here.

Source: Variety

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