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Cary Fukunaga to direct all episodes of the event series The Alienist

04.14.2015
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Despite working actively on an adaptation of Stephen King's IT, Cary Fukunaga is going to return to the small screen to direct another series from beginning to end. Deadline reports that Fukunaga will reteam with Anonymous Content, who produced True Detective, for the event series The Alienist.

Based on the novel by Caleb Carr, The Alienist has long been considered one of the best novels to not have been adapted for the big screen. The historical tale may be a better fit for the small screen and seems like a cross between Steven Soderbergh's The Knick and True Detective.

Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City, Carr’s 1994 novel tells the story of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.

FORRREST GUMP screenwriter Eric Roth will produce the series for Paramount TV and the script will be written by Hossein Amini who wrote SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, 47 RONIN, and DRIVE. There is no word what network will air The Alienist, but I would expect the content will likely make it a fit for a premium cable network rather than basic cable.

Cary Fukunaga is definitely a talented filmmaker and everyone has been anticipating his next project. His upcoming BEASTS OF NO NATION with Idris Elba will debut worldwide on Netflix some time this year. It sounds like IT will remain on hold while Fukunaga directs The Alienist, which I hope is the historical version of True Detective.

Source: Deadline

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7:45AM on 04/16/2015

One of the best novels in decades!

...BUT it was so well written, and so intricate that I worry it won't translate to film well. A mini-series sounds like a much better fit to really get all of the intricacies in there!
...BUT it was so well written, and so intricate that I worry it won't translate to film well. A mini-series sounds like a much better fit to really get all of the intricacies in there!
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10:46AM on 04/15/2015
Hell yes. About time they did something with this book. As you can tell from my username I'm a fan...
Hell yes. About time they did something with this book. As you can tell from my username I'm a fan...
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10:20AM on 04/15/2015

Awesome News

I loved the book, a very detailed meticulous and gory novel this. Can't wait...
I loved the book, a very detailed meticulous and gory novel this. Can't wait...
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10:03PM on 04/14/2015
sounds cool. Is it similar to Jack the Ripper?
sounds cool. Is it similar to Jack the Ripper?
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4:41PM on 04/14/2015
All in.
All in.
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3:44PM on 04/14/2015

This is great news

This is an incredible book, and would make an amazing TV series. Looking forward to this one.
This is an incredible book, and would make an amazing TV series. Looking forward to this one.
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3:39PM on 04/14/2015

Hell yeah.

The Alienist is a fantastic novel that I have always said would make a killer (get it?!) mini-series.

Fukunaga is the best possible choice to direct it.
The Alienist is a fantastic novel that I have always said would make a killer (get it?!) mini-series.

Fukunaga is the best possible choice to direct it.
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2:55PM on 04/14/2015
after true detective i want to see everything this guy has coming out. beasts of no nation looks interesting, and i was looking forward to his adaption of stephen king's it, so i'm curious why he decided to tackle the alienst now. have there been production issues with "it"?
after true detective i want to see everything this guy has coming out. beasts of no nation looks interesting, and i was looking forward to his adaption of stephen king's it, so i'm curious why he decided to tackle the alienst now. have there been production issues with "it"?
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