EXCLUSIVE: As we mark the 400th anniversary of Russia’s Romanov dynasty this year, FX has put in development an event series about the man closely associated with Romanovs’ final years. Rasputin, from Indian film director Shekhar Kapur, tells the story of the Russian peasant and mystic who became an adviser to the Russian Imperial family. Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring will write the script based on the upcoming book Rasputin: Dark Forces And The Fall of The Romanovs by Douglas Smith. Per FX, the event series centers on “one of the most controversial characters in history who is held responsible for bringing down the Russian Empire and changing the course of the world as we know it” and answers the question, “who was he really beyond the folklore, a true healer or the greatest charlatan the world has known?” Embraced by Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra as a healer for their only son, Tsarevich Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia, Rasputin’s influence with the ill-fated family placed them in the cross-hairs of the rising Bolshevik revolutionary movement, while cementing his own infamy with tales of heresy, black magic, sexual deviancy and immortality. It also earned Rasputin a lot of enemies, who tried to kill him in 1914, finally succeeding in 1916. The improbable story of Rasputin’s murder at the hands of several aristocrats is reminiscent of the repeated attempts on the life of Kevin Kline’s character in Lawrence Kasdan’s dark comedy I Love You To Death. During the course of one night, Rasputin was poisoned, shot three times and beaten with a dumbbell but somehow stayed alive. He was eventually dumped into the icy Neva River. Kapur will direct and executive produce with Scheuring. Smith serves as consultant.
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By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 2:25pm PSTTags: Big Deals TV, FX, Paul Scheuring, Rasputin, Shekhar Kapur