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Two of the breakout stars from The Wire just landed new jobs with some modern auteurs. First up, Idris Elba (most recently seen in Pacific Rim) will star in Cary Fukunaga‘s (Jane Eyre) latest film called Beasts of No Nation. Next, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams is the second actor to join Spike Lee‘s still untitled Kickstarter film. Read more about both projects below.

UPDATE: Lee’s film is reportedly called Da Blood Of Jesus.

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Cary Fukanaga‘s first feature, Sin Nombre, was a beautiful, effective drama, and his second, Jane Eyre, brought a compelling vision to the classic tale, even if it didn’t quite hit the mark. All told, Fukunaga is one of the more promising new directors to emerge in the last few years, and so his HBO crime drama True Detective is super-enticing.

The show stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as detectives on the trail of a killer in Louisiana. Fukunaga directs the eight episodes of the first season, which hits on 2014. Nic Pizzolatto scripted. The first teaser trailer is below. It doesn’t give up much about the two detectives and their decade-plus case. It does, however, tell you a lot about the tone of the series. Read More »

Based on the header image, can you guess who’s coming back for Breaking Bad‘s final stretch? Also after the jump:

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  • Check out two new stills from Arrested Development
  • Could Michael Cera be angling for an Archer guest spot?
  • Michelle Monaghan joins Cary Fukunaga‘s True Detective
  • The CW’s Amazon and Arrow could be set in the same universe
  • Dexter and Stephen King‘s Under the Dome get premiere dates
  • A&E’s Bates Motel unveils five creepy new posters
  • Here’s a new cast photo for Mortal Kombat: Legacy
  • Watch the season premieres of Californication and Shameless

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Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre wasn’t a horror movie per se, but the director brought a distinctive ghostly chill to the classic Gothic romance. And now he’ll be bringing that same knack for dread and suspense to another literary adaptation that more obviously calls for it. Fukunaga has just been hired to direct a remake of Stephen King‘s It, which Warner Bros. plans to split across two films. More details after the jump.

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Cary Fukunaga impressed us with his first two features, Sin Nombre and his version of Jane Eyre, and he has been looking at interesting follow-up projects that include a Civil War heist film, and a sci-fi thriller for Universal. But it looks like his next project will be an eight-episode ‘event series’ called True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as a pair of cops on a seventeen-year hunt for a Louisiana serial killer.

HBO has just picked up the show with a straight to series order, and Fukunaga will direct all eight episodes. Read More »

Cary Fukunaga has quickly become one of my favorite directors thanks to his work with the tremendous Sin Nombre and the very good Jane Eyre. He has had one possible new film on deck, the Civil War heist film No Blood, No Guts, No Glory, and he has talked up other options, including  a musical. Now he has fully set up another project: he just signed to direct the sci-fi thriller Spaceless for Universal. Read More »

After directing two movies as completely different as Sin Hombre and Jane Eyre, it’s impossible to pigeonhole director Cary Fukunaga as a specific kind of filmmaker. Does he make foreign language gang films? Adaptations of classic literature? His next film won’t help solve the puzzle, but it sounds like it’ll be an awesome new piece in that puzzle. Fukunaga has just signed with Focus Features to co-write and direct No Blood, No Guts, No Glory, a fictionalized tale about a daring heist mission set during the American Civil War. Read more after the break. Read More »

Yesterday we showed you a new poster and synopsis for the new version of Jane Eyre directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre). And I understand that a lot of people might think, oh, great, Jane Eyre. Groan. Another dull, hidebound literary adaptation.

If that’s the way you were looking at this movie, please give this trailer a chance. Granted, it may deliberately be trying to sell one vision of the film. But if nothing else, the first minute of this debut look at Jane Eyre — in fact the whole trailer — promises that it is not the movie you think it is. Read More »

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