As reported exclusively by Deadline, Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”) has been tapped to direct the film adaptation of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo. The 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by Tom Reiss charts the rise and fall of French general Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. A mixed race man born to a slave, he achieved acclaim during the French Revolution only to face misfortune later in life. He is the inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo and other works written by his son, novelist Alexandre Dumas. (If you’re interested in the book, this four-star review by Eva right here at Bibliodaze is worth checking out.)
Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend’s production company Get Lifted acquired the film rights for the book. Legend will serve as a executive producer on the project. Sony will serve as the distributor.
Fukunaga is on a hot streak post-“True Detective.” His next film, the Idris Elba vehicle “Beats of No Nation,” will go into production next month. He is also rumored to be attached to several other projects. Despite his busy schedule, Deadline reported that “The Black Count” will be his next film after “Beasts of No Nation” wraps.
With a director in place, the speculation over who will be cast as Dumas can begin. There are many black actors who are ready and waiting to tackle the material. Let’s hope their agents’ phones start ringing soon.