Tom Hardy Talks Steven Knight’s FX Series TABOO

     May 6, 2015


Tom Hardy is already one of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now, and he could somehow become even bigger if Mad Max: Fury Road is a hit. But even if that flops, he’s still going to be on the A-list and have plenty of projects going forward.

One of them is Taboo, an FX series that will reunite him with his Locke director Steven Knight, who is executive producing alongside Ridley Scott. The original story, developed by Hardy and his father Chips Hardy, is set in 1813, and stars Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, “a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.  Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.”


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Steve recently spoke to Hardy, and during the interview brought up Taboo:

TOM HARDY: The status of Taboo is I should be in the writers room right now [Laughs] and I’m not, I’m here, and that’s ok because I’m gonna dive right in as soon as I get back.


When do you film that?


HARDY: November!


Oh, wow.


HARDY: So yeah, clock is really ticking on that one.


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The actor became much more vague when he touched on possibly doing a DC comics property for Warner Bros. Hardy had to drop out of Suicide Squad due to a scheduling conflict, but he’s still interested in comics, and is particularly excited in what Warner Bros. might do with this unnamed property:

HARDY: I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros. which is also a comic book, it’s a DC thing which is kind of…


Oh you should really share because I’m not a journalist, no one’s recording this.


HARDY: It’s really good actually, 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. It’s as if you would take Transmetropolitan and make it happen, but it’s not that out there it’s something which is much more real world. It could be like Heat, it could be fucking awesome. Let me tell you what it is, try and guess.


I’m not gonna guess because I have to go, because he’s gonna kill me. But I just wanna know…


HARDY: Anybody…


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First, I love that Hardy name-dropped Transmetropolitan, which is one of my all-time favorite comics. However, I have no idea the property he’s referencing, so if you have any ideas (it sounds like it’s something from Vertigo or maybe even Wildstorm), sound off in the comments.

Hardy became even more vague when he talked about how it might be adapted:

No, but you know what I’m saying. I’m trying to be respectful with the time. My thing is, they have a schedule through 2020 that they’ve announced movies. Is what you wanna do something that’s not on that



HARDY: It’s not even a movie.


So it’s something you’ve seen…


HARDY: It’s already… It’s real estate, it’s PRIME real estate which is sitting there right under everybody’s nose that no one’s really thought about yet and it goes TV and movie, it’s awesome. I can’t believe that nobody has even –I know they thought of it but no one has actually blown life into it yet.

So is Hardy talking about a situation like The Dark Tower where the films and the TV shows are connected? Or is he talking about another platform entirely? Whatever it is, we might not see it for a while since the actor is in such high demand, but hopefully he’ll go on the record at some point in the future and specify what he’s talking about.


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