In addition to developing A Soldier of the Great War with Edward Norton, and his two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s It, True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga has added another project to his list in the form of The Black Count. The Sony picture is an adaptation of Tom Reiss’ Pulitzer Price-winning biography of General Alex Dumas, a man whose life is relatively unknown compared to his inspirational exploits chronicled in his son Alexandre Dumas’ fictional works, “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Three Musketeers.” Fukunaga will adapt the work and direct the picture, the rights of which were optioned by John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Company.
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As Deadline reports, Fukunaga will write and direct The Black Count, an adaptation of Reiss’ biography, “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo.” It tells the true-life tale of Dumas, the son of “a French nobleman and a slave woman of African descent. Dumas became the highest-ranking person of color to ever serve in any European army. A favorite of Napoleon for a time, Dumas was also the first non-white to become a brigadier general in the French military.”
Here’s the synopsis for “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” (via Amazon):
General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar—because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics asThe Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
But, hidden behind General Dumas’s swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave—who rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time.
Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution—until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat.
TIME magazine called The Black Count “one of those quintessentially human stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it possible.” It is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.