that has ordered a series based on James Clavell
! The production of the ten episode mini
will be done on an international scale.
Tim Van Pattenis directing the story set in feudal Japan, which charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne, a risk taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga, a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonourable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance. The novel, sold in more than 30 million copies worldwide, was adapted 40 years ago into a series with Richard Chamberlain. Aired on four consecutive nights in 1980 at NBC it started the format of mini series!