TRUE DETECTIVE’s Cary Fukunaga To Take On THE BLACK COUNT

Unfortunately, it's not a BLACULA remake.

After True Detective, it's a given that whatever Cary Fukunaga chooses to do, people will be paying attention. It looks like that big project is going to be a feature film about Thomas-Alexandre Dumas.

According to Deadline, Fukunaga will direct an adaptation of Tom Reiss's Pulitzer-winning biography, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Don't be surprised when they rename the movie version The Black Count. Or maybe just Count. Or my favorite, Countin' on Black. Here is a synopsis of the book:

Born to a French nobleman and a slave woman of African descent, Dumas became the highest-ranking person of color to ever serve in any European army. A favorite of Napoleon for a time, Dumas was also the first non-white to become a brigadier general in the French military. Dumas’ exploits were used as the basis for the novels of his son Alexandre Dumas. Better known today than his father, the younger Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count Of Monte Cristo.

So long as the execution isn't too stuffy and self-important, this sounds like it could be seriously badass. Hopefully it lives up to expectations set both by the cool story and True Detective.

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