FX has commissioned a limited series based on Jon Krakauer’s Mormon crime drama Under the banner of heaven starring Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones.
The series, which is for FX on Hulu, is created by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) with Against all odds director David Mackenzie.
The book follows a devout detective, whose faith is put to the test as he investigates a brutal murder that appears to be linked to a esteemed Utah family’s spiral into LDS fundamentalism and its distrust in the with regard to the government.
The Amazing Spider-Man Star Garfield will play Pyre, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) elder, otherwise known as Mormons, who is committed to his Church and family but begins to question some of the teachings of the Church through contact with a suspected murderer.
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Normal people Star Edgar-Jones plays Brenda, a young loyal Mormon victim of a brutal murder.
It comes ten years after Lance Black and Ron Howard, who is also producing this version, attempted to turn the book into a feature film at Warner Bros.
Along with Lance Black and Howard as EP, Brian Grazer, Samie Kim Falvey and Anna Culp for Imagine Television, Jason Bateman, Michael Costigan of Aggregate Films, Mackenzie and Gillian Berrie.
“Dustin Lance Black is a gifted storyteller and the perfect artist to adapt Jon Krakauer’s gripping novel for FX,” said Gina Balian, President of Original Programming, FX. “Lance joins an incredible creative team led by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Television who have been passionate about telling this story with him for years. We are delighted that David Mackenzie has come on board as a director and Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in Under the Banner of Heaven. ”
“At Imagine, we’ve been dedicated to telling this powerful story for almost a decade. With the conviction and support of FX and the unwavering commitment of Lance Black, we are finally on the right track. We couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with David Mackenzie, Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones to bring this project to life, ”added Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.
“After so many years of work, I am incredibly grateful to Imagine and FX for their patience and commitment to bringing this story to the screen,” said Dustin Lance Black. “Raised in the Mormon faith, my hope is that this true crime thriller can shed light on the horrific brutality in the name of God in our own backyards. “
Garfield is represented by Gordon & French in UK, CAA and David Weber at Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Jones is represented by Hamilton Hodell in the UK and United Talent Agency in the US Mackenzie is represented by UTA and Jackoway Austen.