Last April, we find out that Cary Fukunaga would executive-produce and direct an adaptation of Caleb Carr's The Alienist for TNT. There was much rejoicing.
Now, well over a year later, we are learning that the Cary Fukunaga-produced The Alienist has gained two fantastic performers ... while also learning that Fukunaga will no longer direct the series. Here's the news, via Deadline:
Daniel Brühl (Rush, Inglorious Bastards) and Luke Evans (The Girl on The Train, The Hobbit trilogy) have been cast in key roles in The Alienist, TNT’s upcoming straight-to-series drama.
Slated to premiere in late 2017 on TNT, The Alienist will be directed and executive-produced by BAFTA-nominated director Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror). The series is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Hossein Amini (Drive) and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin, all serve as executive producers. Production will begin in early 2017 in Budapest.
On the one hand: fuck yeah Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl! On the other hand, we were still under the impression that Cary Fukunaga was directing this thing, and we're moderately bummed to hear that he's stepped out of that role. On yet another hand, director Jakob Verbruggen is a Black Mirror vet. On a fourth (possibly mutant) hand, Verbruggen directed "Men Against Fire", which may be the least-awesome episode of Black Mirror's latest season. On a holy-shit-are-we-really-gonna-do-this fifth hand, I'm sure some of you will yell at me in the comments below for not loving "Men Against Fire", but - to be fair - such people are weak, their bloodline is weak, and they will not survive the winter.
Anyhoo, we're getting distracted: the good news is that The Alienist just lined up two fantastic actors (note: Luke Evans rocks the casbah in High-Rise), and the series still has Cary Fukunaga onboard as an executive producer.
Why he's no longer directing is neither here nor there; my recommendation is that you STFU and stand-by for further developments on the Fukunaga front. All signs point to that being worth the wait.