Cary Fukunaga To Helm “The Black Count”

Following his inspired “Jane Eyre” adaptation and his much acclaimed stint helming all eight episodes of HBO’s “True Detective,” filmmaker Cary Fukunaga has now lined up his next project.

Fukunaga is set to adapt and direct a big-screen version of Tom Reiss’ Pulitzer-winning 2012 biography “The Black Count” for Sony Pictures and Get Lifted. Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius will produce, with John Legend onboard as executive producer.

The book chronicles the life and adventures of French Revolution-era General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. A favorite of Napoleon, Dumas became the highest-ranking person of color to ever serve in any European army.

His exploits were used as the basis for the novels of a man who would become even more famous – his son Alexandre Dumas. The younger Dumas penned famed literary classics such as “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count Of Monte Cristo”.

Fukunaga will do the movie once he’s finished his adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel “Beasts of No Nation” starring Idris Elba. That begins filming next month in Ghana.

Source: Deadline