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'True Detective' Director Cary Fukunaga Lines Up War Project At Fox

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by Charlie Schmidlin
February 25, 2014 9:05 AM
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As you may have noticed, the arrival of HBO’s “True Detective” onto the TV landscape has attracted widespread attention for reasons both headline-grabbing (Episode Four’s six-minute long take) and dense (the many literary influences). The quality of the Nic Pizzolatto-penned show has also led to a debate about what new cast will take center stage once Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey depart, but as its director Cary Fukunaga has displayed in his career thus far, he’s already swiftly moved on and set up another unique project.

Deservedly hit with industry attention as “True Detective” nears the end of its eight-episode run, Fukunaga looks prepared as Deadline reports Fox has bought a pitch from the “Jane Eyre” director for mid-six figures. The as-yet-untitled project is reportedly set in a “contemporary wartime context," and will find Fukunaga directing from a script written by fellow Sundance Labs alum and Black List screenwriter Nicole Riegel (“Dogfight”).

The eclectic nature of Fukunaga’s filmography casts more of a question mark on his wartime project than usual: after all, his next directorial effort is the Idris Elba-led drama concerning child soldiers in Ghana, “Beasts of No Nation," and he’s also developing the France-set espionage taleNoble Assassin” at DreamWorks. Whatever the case, cast or location though, Fukunaga has displayed the talent to work up anticipation over the vaguest of loglines, but for the meantime enjoy the final episodes of the director’s stunning run on HBO. While he won't be back to direct season two of "True Detective," he will be on board as an executive producer.

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4 Comments

  • Ryan | February 26, 2014 11:58 AMReply

    "buy a pitch," what exactly does that mean? Do they give him money up front so that he doesn't go anywhere else to pitch his film? Or do deals like like this exist on a regular basis, where it's written into the contents of the pitch or does the studio say "Hey, we love your idea, here is 500,000 for you personally and we don't want you to go anywhere else with this."

  • TW | February 25, 2014 2:14 PMReply

    This duo is heating up!! What's Noble Assassin?

  • Pennywise | February 25, 2014 11:29 AMReply

    but what about IT? he should be making a quality horror film! He's got all of the talent in the world and True Detective has some very horror-like set ups and pay offs and he would kill it! ugh. my butt hurts.

  • CB | February 25, 2014 10:31 AMReply

    Such a talented director. I think we will get some great films from this guy over the next coming years.

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