FX has ordered The Old Man, a drama starring Jeff Bridges as a retired CIA officer, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Gina Balian, Presidents, Original Programming, FX Entertainment.
Written by Jon Steinberg & Robert Levine, The Old Man is executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Steinberg, Dan Shotz, Levine, Jeff Bridges and David Schiff. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios in association with The Littlefield Company. Production of the pilot episode begins this fall.
“Jeff Bridges is an iconic, extraordinary actor and to have him as the star of this series is an incredible moment for FX,” said Grad. “Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have delivered an amazing pilot script and Jeff is perfect for the role of Dan Chase. We’re also happy to be working with Warren Littlefield, with whom we’ve had such a terrific partnership on Fargo, along with our partners at Fox 21.”
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, The Old Man centers on “Dan Chase” (Jeff Bridges) who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.
“Jeff Bridges is one of the most important actors of his generation. John Landgraf, Eric Schrier, Gina Balian, Nick Grad and their team at FX have built a home for content of unparalleled quality. Bert Salke and his team at Fox 21 have developed a sterling track record for generating said content. And Warren Littlefield has forgotten more about making great television than we will ever know. To call this a project a dream opportunity for us is almost certainly a gross understatement,” said Steinberg.
Jeff Bridges is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor known for some of the most iconic roles in entertainment. Bridges’ career began in television as a young actor who quickly received a steady stream of feature roles, including TRON, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Last Picture Show, Starman and his famed role as “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski. More recent credits include Hell or High Water, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Bad Times at the El Royale and Crazy Heart, the 2009 feature for which he won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
Jon Steinberg, Dan Shotz and Robert Levine are teaming back up on The Old Man after their four-season run making the Emmy-winning Black Sails for STARZ. Black Sails was co-created and executive produced by Steinberg and Levine and executive produced by Shotz. Steinberg and Shotz recently signed an exclusive overall deal with Fox 21 for all TV development.
Warren Littlefield is the founder and President of The Littlefield Company. He is an executive producer on Hulu and MGM’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which won 8 Emmy® Awards, including Best Dramatic Series, in its first year, the TCA Award for Best Drama and Program of the Year, three Golden Globe® Awards, AFI TV Program of the Year Award, a Peabody Award, a BAFTA Award and garnered Littlefield his 3rd Producers Guild Award. Littlefield also serves as Executive Producer on FX’s television adaptation of the Academy Award® winning film Fargo, which won a Peabody, multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, AFI, Producers Guild, and Critics Choice Awards for Best Limited Series in its first year and, over three installments, has been nominated for 52 Emmys and won 6. The FX Productions and MGM studios show is currently prepping Year 4 and it will star Chris Rock. The Littlefield Company recently signed an exclusive deal with Fox 21 and 20th Century Fox Television for all TV development. The Littlefield Company is represented by WME and by Tom Hoberman at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman LLP.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in 88 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series including Taboo, Legion, Snowfall, Trust, Pose, Mayans M.C. and the upcoming Y; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story, FEUD, Fosse/Verdonand the upcoming Devs, Shōgun and Mrs. America; acclaimed hit comedy series including Atlanta, Baskets, Better Things, What We Do in the Shadows and the upcoming Breeders; the half-hour series Mr Inbetween; the upcoming docuseries The Weekly with The New York Times; and the upcoming special A Christmas Carol. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy, Justified and The Americans. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network.
About Fox 21 Television Studios:
Fox 21 Television Studios is devoted to making creatively ambitious scripted and unscripted series for all distribution platforms. Fox 21 Television Studios is responsible for the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning sensation from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (with FX Productions) as well as its follow-up “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” which also won the Emmy and Golden Globe for Outstanding Limited Series; the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning “Homeland,” starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin which enters its eighth and final season this year; the Emmy-nominated “Fosse/Verdon” from award-winning producers Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Joel Fields and Lin-Manuel Miranda and starring Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and Golden Globe winner Michelle Williams; the blockbuster “Sons of Anarchy” as well as its follow-up “Mayans M.C.” from co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James; “Queen of the South,” executive produced by David T. Friendly, Dailyn Rodriguez and Benjamin Daniel Lobato; the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated “Pose” from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh; “The Hot Zone” based on Richard Preston’s international best-seller for Nat Geo starring Emmy winner Juliana Margulies; and the Emmy-nominated “Genius: Einstein” and its follow-up “Genius: Picasso.” Upcoming series include “The Politician” from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan and starring Tony-winner Ben Platt and Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange and Ryan Murphy’s “Ratched” starring Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sarah Paulson in the title role. Fox 21 Television Studios shows have amassed a collective 120 Emmy nominations and 29 Emmy wins, as well as multiple Golden Globes, Humanitas Prizes and Peabody Awards.
About The Littlefield Company
The Littlefield Company (THE HANDMAID’S TALE, FARGO) is dedicated to making premium, thought provoking content. Their shows have amassed a collective 106 Emmy nominations and 14 Emmy wins, alongside multiple Peabody Awards, PGAs, Golden Globes, and more. Founded by Warren Littlefield who, as President of NBC Entertainment, architected the “Must See TV” era, the company includes his producing partners Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield, as well as Patty Mann and Vivien Mao.