FX Developing THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS Limited Series Adaptation

     June 26, 2013

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FX has been making a run at developing some really interesting original material as of late, and the network is adding another high-profile adaptation to its potential slate.  The network is now developing a limited series adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s classic novel The Last of the Mohicans.  The project will tell the story of America’s beginnings as a nation “as told through the eyes of Cooper’s classic characters from the historical novel.”

The book was originally published in 1826 and takes place during the French and Indian War in 1757.  Cooper’s novel has been adapted numerous times before for both television and film, though the most famous iteration is probably Michael Mann’s 1992 feature film starring Daniel Day-Lewis.  Hit the jump for more.

Per THR, Chris Crowe, who co-wrote Mann’s film adaptation, will pen the script for the limited series alongside Kerry McCluggage and Steve Beck.  The American frontier should provide a fascinating backdrop for longform storytelling, and I’m hoping this one eventually gets a greenlight.  This is only the latest of a number of promising projects in development at FX, including a limited series adaptation of Fargo, Guillermo del Toro’s TV series adaptation of The Strain, and Stephen Gaghan’s Vietnam War miniseries drama They Marched Into Sunlight.  On the full series front, the network successfully launched The Americans last year and is gearing up to premiere the Demian Bichir-fronted crime drama The Bridge this summer.  FX is also about to begin production on the promising pilot Tyrant, which will be directed by David Yates.

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