Paramount TV said today it has inked a two-year, overall TV deal with Cary Fukunaga and his production company Parliament Of Owls. Under the agreement, Paramount will have exclusive rights to produce and distribute scripted TV content directed, written and/or produced by Fukunaga. As Deadline exclusively revealed, Fukanaga is directing and exec producing Paramount’s The Alienist for TNT.
“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. “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.”
“Working with Paramount on The Alienist has been a great experience, and I’m thrilled to expand upon our partnership” Fukunaga said. “I look forward to digging in and collaborating on a number of exciting and diverse projects.”
Fukunaga’s next TV project will be the event miniseries inspired by Caleb Carr’s The Alienist for Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City, Carr’s 1994 novel tells the story of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers. Hossein Amini also wrote and exec produces.
Fukunaga most recently directed Beasts Of No Nation, which Netflix is distributing worldwide. The film stars Idris Elba along with a number of untrained African actors, including its young lead Abraham Attah. Currently in development is a drama for A24 based on the true story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell, which Fukunaga will direct and produce through Parliament of Owls.
Paramount’s relatively young TV division has been expanding ambitiously under Powell. The company is mining its parent studio’s library for TV adaptations, including plans to develop an HBO series based on Shutter Island with both Martin Scorsese and Dennis Lehane’s involvement, as well as an American Gigolo series in development with Jerry Bruckheimer. Paramount TV also inked a first-look deal with Kyle Killen, creator of Lone Star, Awake and Mind Games, and his recently launched company Chapter Eleven. That deal stems out of the Paramount-Anonymous partnership.