Danny Boyle, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Team to Produce Getty Kidnapping Series

“Trust” will air 10 episodes on FX

Last Updated: March 9, 2016 @ 12:23 PM

FX has ordered the limited series “Trust” from the executive producers behind “Slumdog Millionaire,” TheWrap has learned.

The 10-episode series will tell the story of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune, who was kidnapped in Rome in 1973 by the Mafia.

The series will follow the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate.

Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. Paul’s grandfather – possibly the richest man in the world – is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. Only Paul’s mother is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers.

Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson are executive producing along with Danny Boyle. All three previously collaborated on “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won eight Oscars in 2009, including Best Director and Best Picture. They also worked together on “127 Hours,” which was nominated for six Oscars in 2011.

Beaufoy will write the series with Boyle directing. FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited will produce.

“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 Erik Schrier, co-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.”

“Trust” was developed under the first-look deal between FX Productions, Boyle and Colson.