Fukunaga Swaps “Alienist” For “Black Count”

Cary Fukunaga has earned a great reputation as a filmmaker for his work on the first season of “True Detective” along with films such as “Beasts of No Nation” and “Jane Eyre”. That said he’s also, like a few other filmmakers before him, attached to so many projects that it comes as little surprise when he drops out of one such as he did with the “It” adaptation.

That’s the case today, albeit for different reasons, with word that Fukunaga has stepped out of the director’s chair for TNT’s upcoming event series adaptation of Caleb Carr’s best-selling novel “The Alienist”. Fukunaga remains attached to executive produce the project, while the scripts he penned for the show will still be employed.

The helming though will be handed over to “London Spy” and “House of Cards” director Jakob Verbruggen who will tackle at least the first two episodes. Fukunaga instead will turn his attention to his adaptation of Tom Reiss’ “The Black Count” about a slave who became one of the highest ranking military officers in France and was the father of author Alexandre Dumas (“The Count of Monte Cristo,” “The Three Musketeers”).

Fukunaga also remains attached to the Jonah Hill and Emma Stone-led TV series “Maniac,” HBO’s miniseries take on Stanley Kubrick’s “Napoleon,” and the Ira Sachs limited series “Christodora”.

Source: Deadline