What’s in store for Danny Boyle’s new TV show Trust? Recently, the Slumdog Millionaire director spoke with Collider about his plans for the FX series.
The drama will focus on the life of John Paul Getty III, the heir of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty. The series is being described as “equal parts family history, dynastic saga and satirical examination of the corrosive power of money.” It will begin in 1973, the year John Paul Getty III was kidnapped by the mafia.
In the interview, Boyle revealed there’s a five-season plan for Trust:
We have a television series we’re developing for FX, which is kind of like a five-decade family thing, which in theory would happen over five years. Each series would shoot every year for five years, and each series is about a different decade. The first one would be set in the 70s and would happen in Italy and England, and we’re hoping to begin shooting that this summer. And it’s called Trust. So that’s our plan at the moment. So again, it’s interesting because it’s a very different form. Long-term, long-form storytelling and it will be interesting to see how that affects the way one works and one behaves. The actors become the storytellers, really. Once you set them up, they carry the burden of the storytelling. I’m really fascinated by that.”
Later, Boyle mentioned he’ll only be directing two or three of the episodes:
“No, I will [direct] the first two or three. We’re just deciding that at the moment. I’d love to do them all. I think that would be wrong because I think the danger is you are not allowing the form to take over. You’d be doing 10 mini-films, which is not the form. The format is that you’re letting the characters tell the story and directors are an aid to that rather than the driving force. I’m going to limit to two or three. We’re just in the process of deciding whether it should be two or three.”
FX has not yet announced a premiere date for Trust.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Danny Boyle’s work? Will you watch Trust?