Executives from Shogun Explain the "Painstaking Process" of Re-creating Feudal Japan and the Possibility of a Second Season

Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo, husband and wife, adapted James Clavell's 1,000-page novel into 10 episodes of epic TV and had two infants along the process: "That's why you see these lines on our faces."

Disney may have its biggest global streaming hit with Shogun on FX. 

The magnificent period epic's first episode had 9 million streaming views worldwide, surpassing The Bear and Fargo's season openers, and its hype has expanded since. 

Shogun has been lauded in Japan and the U.S. for its cultural realism and stunning world-building, transporting viewers to 17th-century feudal Japan. 

It's a significant triumph for a costly, 10-year project that was often risky. 

After years of failed attempts to get Shogun into production at FX, husband and wife Justin Marks (Top Gun: Maverick) and Rachel Kondo (a fiction writer) joined the project in 2018 as co-creators and executive producers, writing fresh screenplays.

The duo promoted the series' star, veteran Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada (The Twilight Samurai, Avengers: Endgame), to producer and cultural adviser...

 ... helping with everything from improving the scripts' Japanese dialogue to casting many of the younger Japanese actors and ensuring accurate traditional costumes.  

After the 1980 Paramount miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain and Toshiro Mifune, Shogun is the second film version of James Clavell's 1975 best-selling historical novel. 

  John Blackthorne (Clomo Jarvis), an adventure-seeking English sailor shipwrecked in Japan....

....Lord Yoshii Toranaga (Sanada), a powerful feudal lord threatened by political rivals, and Lady Mariko (Anna Sawai), a woman of disreputable family background but with talent and ambition, are the series' main characters. 

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