Disney+ & FX’s ‘Shogun’ Renewed For Seasons 2 & 3

FX, Hulu, and the estate of James Clavell are discussing the development of additional seasons for the critically acclaimed series Shogun, currently airing on Disney+. Although not yet formally renewed, plans are underway to develop two more seasons, with a writers’ room set to begin work this summer. This information, reported by Variety, suggests a strong commitment to continuing the saga, although no production schedule has been confirmed.


The series, based on Clavell’s novel which draws from real Japanese historical events, initially premiered as a limited series. However, the overwhelming success of Season 1 has prompted consideration for expansion into a full drama series. This shift is significant as it impacts how the show could be categorised at future Emmy Awards, moving from the limited series to the drama series category if additional seasons are produced.

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Key figures from the original team are poised to return, including co-creators Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo, executive producer Michaela Clavell (the daughter of James Clavell, who wrote the original book), and series star and producer Hiroyuki Sanada, who portrays Lord Yoshii Toranaga. Just a few days ago, it was reported that Sanada signed a deal to return.

FX and Hulu have noted that while the series was initially envisioned as a singular season, the response from viewers has been so positive that extending the series feels like a natural progression. Shogun has set records as FX’s most-watched show based on global streaming hours and has garnered critical acclaim, reinforcing the decision to explore further storytelling opportunities.


The narrative of Shogun centres around the power struggles within the Tokugawa shogunate during the 17th century, seen through the eyes of a shipwrecked English sailor. The complex dynamics and political intrigue that defined the first season will likely continue to be a focal point as the story expands.

Despite the excitement around the potential continuation of Shogun, official confirmation and details regarding the production timeline remain pending. The involvement of the original creative team and the strategic discussions with the Clavell estate hint at a promising future for the series, aligning it with the growing trend of successful literary adaptations on streaming platforms.