As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, “True Detective” executive producer/director Cary Fukunaga will develop and direct a yet-to-be-titled father-son drama for A24, marking the edgy distributor’s first project to be developed from scratch. A24 will produce alongside Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls, Red Crown Productions and VisionChaos Productions.
Based on the true story of Joe and his son Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old Oregon teen who killed himself in 2013 after suffering vicious bullying for being gay, the drama will be penned by the Oscar-winning “Brokeback Mountain” team of Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. After Jadin committed suicide, his father set out across America to promote awareness and to rally against prejudice and bullying.
The 37-year-old filmmaker is keeping busy these days, with a long-stalled adaptation of Caleb Carr’s “The Alienist” headed for television and his new twist on Stephen King’s horror tome “It” in the works. The two-part film is set to begin production this summer.
While Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of “True Detective”‘s first season, he stepped back to assume the role of executive producer on the second season, premiering June 21. Later this year, his Participant Media-backed drama “Beasts of No Nation,” also a Red Crown coproduction, will open day and date on Netflix and in theaters.