Cary Fukunaga inks Focus, Uni deals

Director's 'Sin Nombre' won award at Sundance

Fresh off a directing award at Sundance for Focus Features' "Sin Nombre," Cary Fukunaga is getting a big endorsement from Focus and parent company Universal.

The WMA- and Anonymous-repped Fukunaga has been given two blind deals -- a writing-directing pact at Focus and a writing deal at Universal, with the specialty division project likely coming first.

"Nombre," a thriller that centers on Mexican immigrants in the U.S. and which Fukunaga also wrote, won him the directing prize in the U.S. dramatic category in Park City and took a cinematography prize as well.

Fukanaga said he is playing with ideas for his Focus project but that it will differ from "Nombre."

"It probably won't be a sociopolitical thriller," he said. He added that he was hoping to make the film smaller after the complex road aspects of "Nombre." "I want to focus on a personal or emotional journey," he said.

Amy Kaufman, who produced "Nombre," will produce the Focus and Uni deals through her Primary Prods. banner.

Fukunaga also had written an adaptation of "Beasts of No Nation," a novel about a child soldier in an unnamed African civil war, for Focus; the new project likely will take precedence for the scribe.