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 »
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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 »
We might be closing in on the musical for people who don’t like musicals (which will do until we find an outright cure for their curious condition).
Over the last couple of years, Sin Nombre director Cary Funkunaga has been working on “a musical or an opera of some kind” with Zach Condon and Owen Pallett. Condon is a member of the band Beirut and was a contender to score Sin Nombre, while Pallett is a member of the amazingly named Owen Pallett (okay, they used to be called Final Fantasy, so I get the need for a name change) and has also been one of the many members of Arcade Fire. Pallett has also written music for John Cameron Mitchell’s upcoming Rabbit Hole. Pallett and Condon have already made music together, but I don’t know it – critiques in the comments would be welcome.
Fukunaga has now revealed what the premise of the film is, and the only way that it’s not a little surprising is if you think he’s past being surprising now, having skipped from Sin Nombre to Jane Eyre in a single step.
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Oh, this is some good stuff. I was a little surprised recently when the announcement came down that Cary Fukunaga, who directed the very excellent Sin Nombre, would adapt Charlotte Bronte‘s classic novel Jane Eyre as his next film. But I liked Sin Nombre so much that I’ll watch anything Fukunaga does at this point. Especially now that he’s likely to have Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in the lead roles. Read More »
This is a bit unexpected; there have been a lot of possible next projects in the works for Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga. None of them were a new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë‘s novel Jane Eyre. But the deal to put Fukunaga in the director’s chair for a new film version of the oft-adapted novel is reportedly close to finished. And thinking about the idea further, I’ve realized that it actually may be quite a good fit for the promising new filmmaker. Read More »
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If Sin Nombre was Cary Joji Fukunaga’s 7th or 8th film, it would be evidence of a maturing and brilliant director with a firm grasp on his craft, hitting his stride during the course of an already-flourishing career. That Sin Nombre is Fukunaga’s directorial and writing debut is nothing short of astonishing. Every element of this film shines: the gritty performances, the gorgeous cinematography, and the minimal, yet effective true-to-life script. A stunning accomplishment to behold, Sin Nombre is one of my favorite films of 2009 so far.
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