Cary Fukunaga Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV

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The two-year deal gives the studio exclusive rights to produce and distribute scripted programming directed, written and/or produced by the Emmy winner.

Paramount TV is the latest to bet big on Cary Fukunaga.

The Beasts of No Nation director, for whom Netflix is mounting a sizable Oscar campaign, and his production company, Parliament of Owls, have inked a two-year overall television deal with the studio behind his forthcoming TNT event series, The Alienist. Under the pact, Paramount TV will have exclusive rights to produce and distribute scripted programming directed, written and/or produced by the Emmy winner for broadcast, cable and streaming services.

“Working with Cary on The Alienist has been such a rewarding creative experience for all of us at Paramount Television. Cary has become one of the most interesting writer/directors in the business with an exciting, unique take on characters and narratives,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell in a statement announcing the news Tuesday. “On behalf of Brad Grey and the television team, we welcome him to the Paramount family and look forward to a successful partnership with him as we expand our footprint in high-quality original programming.”

Added Fukunaga, whose TV profile soared with his award-winning turn helming all eight critically acclaimed episodes of True Detective's first season on HBO, "Working with Paramount on The Alienist has been a great experience, and I'm thrilled to expand upon our partnership. I look forward to digging in and collaborating on a number of exciting and diverse projects."

The news comes as Fukunaga's portfolio and cache continue to mount. He made his feature writing and directing debut with Sin Nombre, followed by the celebrated film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane EyreBeasts marks his third big-screen effort and stars Idris Elba along with a number of untrained African actors. The heart-wrenching story, which largely has been praised by critics, has had a rough time at the box office. It's also available on Netflix, where Ted Sarandos has insisted it's been a strong performer, even citing viewership figures  something he's historically been loathe to do  in his bid to boost the film's chances during awards season.

In April, Paramount TV announced it would team with Fukunaga and Eric Roth on The Alienist, a drama inspired by the best-selling novel by Caleb Carr. Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini penned the pilot and is also an executive producer, alongside Anonymous Content. Among Fukunaga's other projects currently in development: a drama for A24 based on the true story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell that Fukunaga will direct and produce through his Parliament of Owls.

At Paramount TV, Fukunaga joins a roster of collaborators that includes A. Scott Berg, Dustin Lance Black, Craig Brewer, Kyle Killen and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The studio is behind such projects as Fox's fall drama Minority Report and the Urban Cowboy remake being developed at the same network.

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