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Cary Fukunaga Will Write and Direct The Black Count

Apr. 28, 2014by:

Director Cary Fukunaga is definitely on my "watch out for this guy" radar; I expect great things from him in the future based on his extraordinary work on the first season of TRUE DETECTIVE.  His next project is BEASTS OF NO NATION, starring Idris Elba and he's also set for an upcoming two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s It.  You would think the guy would be too busy to take on any more projects, not the case with Fukunaga. 

He has now added THE BLACK COUNT to his plate; he will adapt and direct the movie based on Tom Reiss' Pulitzer Price-winning biography of General Alex Dumas titled "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo."  If the name Dumas sounds familiar, it’s because his son Alexandre Dumas is the author of has some notable works including "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Three Musketeers".  High School flashbacks anyone?

Here’s the synopsis (via Amazon):

General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar—because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. But, hidden behind General Dumas’s swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave—who rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution—until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat.

It sounded interesting enough to me that I ordered it for my summer reading.  What do you guys think, is it big screen material?

Source: Deadline

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3:04AM on 04/29/2014
Sounds like a fantastic tale and I think that Cary will do an amazing job. He has proved himself to be an excellent director with a great style, and I hope that he brings a touch of darkness to these projects.
Sounds like a fantastic tale and I think that Cary will do an amazing job. He has proved himself to be an excellent director with a great style, and I hope that he brings a touch of darkness to these projects.
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12:58AM on 04/29/2014
Him and Elba should focus on this one that has an amazing story, rather than that Beast film which is yet another child soldier from Africa tale. This was the guy that made Napoleon look bad because he was such a badass!
Him and Elba should focus on this one that has an amazing story, rather than that Beast film which is yet another child soldier from Africa tale. This was the guy that made Napoleon look bad because he was such a badass!
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10:41PM on 04/28/2014

Hahaha the Black Cunt!

I, too, mistook the title for something else. I thought, "oooh, that title is bold, daring and straight to the point!"
I'm still on board. It sounds like an adventure!
I, too, mistook the title for something else. I thought, "oooh, that title is bold, daring and straight to the point!"
I'm still on board. It sounds like an adventure!
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9:34PM on 04/28/2014
When i read the title of the movie i seen something else lol
When i read the title of the movie i seen something else lol
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9:32PM on 04/28/2014
The Count of Monte Crisco...by Alexandree Dumas...Dumbass?
The Count of Monte Crisco...by Alexandree Dumas...Dumbass?
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9:30PM on 04/28/2014
It sounds like a good story, and a movie adaptation would probably work out just fine with this talented director at the helm.
It sounds like a good story, and a movie adaptation would probably work out just fine with this talented director at the helm.
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9:18PM on 04/28/2014
One of the few who did not care for True Detective but his adaptation of Jane Eyre was close to perfection. Sign me up for what he does next.
One of the few who did not care for True Detective but his adaptation of Jane Eyre was close to perfection. Sign me up for what he does next.
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8:34PM on 04/28/2014
I am eagerly anticipating the title typos.
I am eagerly anticipating the title typos.
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9:22PM on 04/28/2014
Dumb-ass? "Dumas". You know what it's about? You'll like it, it's about a prison break.

We oughta file that under "Educational" too, oughten we? :P
Dumb-ass? "Dumas". You know what it's about? You'll like it, it's about a prison break.

We oughta file that under "Educational" too, oughten we? :P
10:56PM on 04/28/2014
Darn tootin'!
Darn tootin'!
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