Anonymous Content, which pioneered the director-centric approach with Fukunaga on “True Detective” at HBO, has the rights and will produce with Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin as executive producers. Years ago Scott Rudin had tried to make the project into a movie but it never got off the ground. It was period, which is costly. The great concept is that the book tracks Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt in 19th century New York City as they deploy the emerging science of psychology to track a serial killer. Think “The Knick” meets “True Detective.”
Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled ‘The Alienist’ as TV Series
Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series
He will executive produce and direct. Two A-list Hollywood screenwriters are also executive producing: Eric Roth (Oscar-winner “Forrest Gump”) and Hossein Amini (Oscar nominee “Wings of the Dove”).
“The Alienist is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully evocative of the unrivaled Gilded Age of New York City,” said Paramount Television President Amy Powell. “Cary Fukunaga’s unique vision and ability to render compelling, distinctive and superbly atmospheric direction is the perfect voice for this television series. We are thrilled to have not only Cary’s expert direction, but also the creativity, imagination and storytelling abilities of the supremely talented Eric Roth and Hossein Amini.”
Paramount TV and Anonymous Content entered into a three-year, first-look production deal in 2014 giving Paramount Television first-look rights to produce and distribute scripted television programming developed by Anonymous Content for broadcast, premium cable, cable and online audiences. “The Alienist” is their first collaboration.
Fukunaga won an Emmy for directing all eight episodes of the first season of “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. In the old days Fukunaga would have followed up his feature adaptation of the classic novel “Jane Eyre” (2011), starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, with more movies. His debut “Sin Nombre” (2009) won the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Netflix won a bidding war for his African war drama “Beasts of No Nation” which I hear will not be in Cannes. He is also working on Warner Bros’ new adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.” Fukunaga is also Executive Producing the second season of “True Detective,” starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams.