Taboo series 2 – “We are trying to get stars aligned…”

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Writer Steven Knight indicates that it’s a matter of when, not if. 

Almost two years ago, CultBox happily reported that scripts for the second run of Taboo were almost complete.

With writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) teasing the show’s future potentially running to a third season, there was optimistic talk of a late-2019 or 2020 start of production.  Understandably, such plans went out the window.

However, thanks to a recent interview with Collider (while on the promo trail for his Princess Diana movie Spencer), Knight has once again given fans hope. He’s confirmed that six out of the planned eight season two episodes have been written, and that they are “… trying to get stars aligned so that we can get our star back on set.” That star, of course, is the incredibly busy Tom Hardy.


Taboo Season 1

Set in 1814, Taboo follows the story of James Delaney (Tom Hardy), who returns to England after twelve years in Africa with fourteen stolen diamonds, following the death of his father and as the war with the United States is nearing its end. As the story develops, he is encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal.

The show boasts an impressive cast including Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Mark Gatiss, Franka Potente, Tom Hollander and Jonathan Pryce.

Taboo was conceived by Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy, then created with Steven Knight. It screened on BBC One in the UK and FX in the US.

Here’s the trailer for Season 1, which is currently available on iPlayer.


Tom Hardy’s availability is an issue that might not be going away any time soon. His Venom sequel for Sony, Let There Be Carnage, landed in cinemas in mid-September and was a hit. It also came with a post-credits sequence tying it into Sony and Marvel’s MCU Spider-Man series.

Hardy also just wrapped Havoc, an action-thriller for Netflix which also stars Forest Whitaker and Timothy Olyphant.

So it seems there’s still hope for more Taboo, even if it’s not in the very near future.

Naturally, CultBox will keep you posted.