FX announced it will develop ‘The Last of the Mohicans,’ a series to be based on the 1992 film starring Daniel Day Lewis. The film was adapted from James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 novel of the same name.
The show will be set in 1757, during the Seven Years’ War, as the British and French battle for control over the Northeast frontier of North America. The French rely on an alliance with Native American forces to fight the British colonists.
Christopher Crowe, who wrote the 1992 film, will executive produce and write the pilot script with Kerry McCluggage and Stephen Beck.
The film, directed by Michael Mann, was both a financial success and critically praised for its look and feel. The $40 million dollar film grossed over $75 million dollars domestically.
FX is already doing a film to TV adaptation, trying to ride the success of the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film ‘Fargo.’ That series could air sometime next spring.
It will be curious to see what level of violence FX will show on the series. Some will recall the scene from the movie of a British officer having his heart cut out from his living body.