True Detective Director Fukunaga to Tell True Tale of The Black Count

After the near-universal acclaim that director Cary Fukunaga received from his work on HBO’s True Detective, his name has been thrown around for a lot of high-profile Hollywood projects. Now Deadline is reporting that Fukunaga has zeroed in on one project in particular.

According to the site, he will helm a big screen version of Tom Reiss’ Pulitzer Prize winning biography of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, titled The Black Count. Fukunaga will direct the movie, and John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. partner Mike Jackson will serve as executive producers.

Reiss’ novel covers the life of Dumas, who was the highest-ranking officer of color to ever serve in a European army. He served during the French Revolution and later under Napoleon in Egypt. Dumas’ son also went on to great fame as the author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, and he based parts of these novels on his father’s exploits.