'True Detective' Director Set to Introduce Us to 'The Black Count'

'True Detective' Director Set to Introduce Us to 'The Black Count'

Apr 29, 2014

Black Count book coverDirector Cary Fukunaga is a hot commodity in Hollywood in the wake of his success with HBO’s True Detective, and now Deadline reports that the filmmaker has lined up his next project.

If you’re expecting another heavy modern-day mystery, you’re in for a shock – Fukunaga is set to direct an adaptation of Tom Reiss’ The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo for Sony.

Reiss’ 2012 biography won a Pulitzer Prize for its examination of the life of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, a French military man of color who served during the country’s revolution and was a favorite of Napoleon. Dumas was the highest ranking colored person to serve in a European army, and his exploits provided the fodder for novels like The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo – written by his son, Alexander Dumas.

Fukunaga and Sony will work alongside John Legend’s Get Lifted production company to bring the film to the screen. Hopefully, they change the title – because The Black Count sounds like it could be a Vampire in Brooklyn sequel. That’s the last thing the world needs.

No word yet on whom might play Dumas, but this seems like a perfect gig for someone like Idris Elba or Djimon Honsou. We’ll bring you more on this as details are revealed.  

 

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