Although it’s been a while since we’ve seen him behind the camera, Cary Fukunaga’s got a long string of projects in the works, including a Netflix series and an Alexandre Dumas biopic. As of today, he’s also attached to direct a movie based on a non-fiction account of the days leading up to the atomic bomb strike on Hiroshima.
No matter how bad 2017 gets with each passing day, there’s the gift of a singing Jake Gyllenhaal to make it all feel a little better.
It’s been close to a year since we learned True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga had officially set a Netflix return to direct Jonah Hill and Emma Stone in new dark comedy series Maniac, which at long last is finally moving forward. Reports suggest that production will take place later this year, potentially setting a 2018 premiere.
Rumors have been swiriling for weeks, but at last, it appears official that True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga may be making his HBO return. Talks for Fukunaga to helm a miniseries adaptation of Stanley Kubrick’s lost Napoleon movie have begun, with an eye toward a miniseries.
Cary Fukunaga has been keeping rather busy since parting ways with New Line on his adaptation of Stephen King’s It. In addition to directing the dark comedic miniseries Maniac for Netflix, Fukunaga is developing his next feature film project, which takes the Beasts of No Nation director back to war — World War II, to be exact — for The Noble Assassin. And he’s just secured a couple of screenwriters who know a bit about that whole assassin thing.
Once word broke that True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga had in mind to direct talent like Jonah Hill and Emma Stone in a new dark comedy series, we knew the premium outlets would move fast. Unsurprisingly, Netflix managed to snap up the trio’s Maniac with a full series order.
Cary Fukunaga may not ever return to True Detective (assuming True Detective returns at all), but the Beasts of No Nation director has another major TV project in mind. Fukunaga has been tapped to direct a new series adaptation of dark comedy Maniac, already set to star Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
While Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling horror epic It has now joined the list of great films that might have been, New Line hasn’t entirely ditched the plans set out by the former True Detective director. The studio is still planning on adapting the novel into two films, with the first focusing on the characters as children and the second following them as adults. And though we still mourn what Fukunaga’s version could have been, take solace in knowing that New Line is at least targeting an R rating.
Beasts of No Nation marks the streaming video giant’s first serious attempt to become a major player in the feature film world, the same way they’ve become a giant in the world of serialized TV. And what’s most surprising about that first serious attempt is the fact that Netflix made a movie that will probably not play very well on Netflix. Beasts practically demands to be seen in a movie theater, not just for its impressive cinematography and immersive sound design, but also because of its expansive runtime and harrowing subject matter — the plight of child soldiers in Africa.
The universal disappointment of True Detective Season 2 owed at least somewhat to the absence of Season 1 director Cary Fukunaga, who himself acknowledges his continued producing credit as perfunctory. HBO hasn’t offered much in the way of any potential True Detective Season 3 news, but don’t expect Fukunaga to return as its saving grace.