FX has ordered 10 episodes for the first installment of Danny Boyle’s limited series Trust, EW has learned.
Trust chronicles the story of the Getty family, particularly focused on John Paul Getty III, the heir to the Getty oil fortune. The first installment takes place in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors bank on a multi-million dollar ransom, but can’t understand why nobody seems to want their captive back.
Unfortunately, the Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate, Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze, and Paul’s grandfather is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside alongside his five mistresses. Paul’s only hope is his mother, who is broke.
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Trust was written by Simon Beaufoy and directed by Boyle, who both executive-produce alongside Christian Colson.
“Simon, Danny and Christian have done a magnificent job of telling the story of the Getty family empire and its tumultuous history with Trust,” said Eric Schrier, president of original programming for FX. “Simon’s script wonderfully dramatizes the notorious and bizarre kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson. It’s the perfect way to open this limited series, allowing us to see how three generations, including one of the world’s richest men, clash when family, fortune and reputation are in jeopardy.”
A premiere date for Trust has not yet been set.