'True Detective's' Cary Fukunaga to Helm 'The Black Count'

Although Cary Fukunaga directed the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre, he didn't really explode into the public consciousness until this year with HBO's True Detective, his glorious collaboration with Nic Pizzolatto. And just as audiences tried to unravel Pizzolatto's dense writing, searching for clues about the identity of the Yellow King, they dissected the work of Fukunaga and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, studying each scene and marveling at that much-discussed six-minute single-take tracking shot.

However, they've also wondered what Fukunaga's next project will be -- and now there's an answer: Deadline reports he'll direct The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, Sony Pictures' adaptation of Tom Reiss' Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas.

Born to a French nobleman and a slave woman of African descent, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas became the first non-white to become a brigadier general in the French military, and the highest-ranking person of color to ever serve in a European army. The father of author Alexandre Dumas, his real-life exploits inspired The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

For the adaptation, Fukunaga is teaming with John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. partner Mike Jackson.

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