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Ira Sachs & Cary Fukunaga Team Up For Limited Series Based On AIDS Crisis Book ‘Christodora’

Fukunaga will produce and Sachs will co-write the script with Mauricio Zacharias and direct.

Cary Fukunaga

Cary Fukunaga

Daniel Bergeron

Cary Fukunaga is teaming up with “Little Men” duo, Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, to develop a limited series based on Tim Murphy’s new book “Christodora.” The novel, which was just released on August 2, was optioned by Paramount TV.

This vivid and compelling tale follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. It also recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself, according to the novel’s synopsis.

Sachs and Zacharias will pen the script, with Sachs to direct. The “Beasts of No Nation” helmer will produce through his Parliament of Owls company.

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“Christodora tells a compelling story of family, friendship, love, and loss that spans decades, but manages to fully immerse you in an important and difficult time in downtown Manhattan,” Fukunaga said. “Ira and Mauricio have already established themselves as masters of New York life viewed through unexpected lenses, and I’m very excited for them to bring their vision to this outstanding book.”

“Tim Murphy’s book is a masterful and panoramic story of New York City and the East Village from the 1980s to the present,” said Sachs. “As Mauricio and I both lived through this period firsthand, we felt an immediate connection to the material, and are excited to bring this Dickensian narrative to life.”

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Fukunaga and Paramount TV are also working on “Maniac,” a half-hour show with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, which he is set to direct and executive produce. The project has a series order at Netflix.

Sachs and Zacharias will be releasing their latest film “Little Men” this Friday, August 5. They are also working on a script for HBO’s “Montgomery Clift.”

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