Getty Family Anthology Series ‘Trust’ Aims for a January 2018 Premiere

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Danny Boyle at the ‘Steve Jobs’ Closing Night Gala during the BFI London Film Festival (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)

FX announced its upcoming limited anthology series, Trust, will begin production this June. The network is targeting a January 2018 premiere of the dramatic series from executive producers Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and Christian Colson. Trust will be shooting in London and Rome, with Boyle directing and Beaufoy writing the scripts. Casting is still underway on the 10 episode limited series, according to FX.

“We’re thrilled to begin production on Trust,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “The scripts from Simon Beaufoy are fantastic; surprising, nuanced, funny. They give Danny Boyle so much to work with. We appreciate everything that they, Christian Colson and all of our producing partners have done that will help make Trust a show that is certain to make the Platinum Age of television even a little weightier.”

Oscar winners Boyle, Beaufoy, and Colson previously worked together on Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours.

The Plot: Equal parts family history, dynastic saga and examination of the corrosive power of money, Trust is a story that attempts to unlock the mystery at the heart of every family, rich or poor.

Trust tells the story of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. The first installment takes place in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multi-million dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? Trust charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. Paul’s grandfather – possibly the richest man in the world – is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. He’s busy. Only Paul’s mother is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers. Problem is, she’s broke.