Cary Fukunaga’s Deal with Paramount Doesn’t Mean He’s Ditching Film


The major news from last week was that Cary Fukunaga would be returning to TV in a big way. In terms of Fukunaga news, it’s still what everyone is talking about. Teaming with Paramount Television for two years is a big deal, and one that could turn out well for both Cary Fukunaga and fans of his work. That doesn’t mean, however, that he is leaving film behind.

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As stressful as shooting True Detective was — Beasts of no Nation eventually topped it — Fukunaga has shown that he’s ready and willing to get TV a second shot. A two-year deal with Paramount doesn’t mean that there’s any sort of exclusivity outside of TV, and Fukunaga isn’t tied to the medium during those two years.

Admittedly, it’s difficult to imagine effective balancing both a TV deal and a film career.

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Even if Fukunaga doesn’t return to the world of film for the full two years, that wouldn’t really amount to that much lost time. The average time between movies for directors tends to be between two and three years, which puts Fukunaga right at that sweet spot when the deal is over. The only solid detail we know concerning the deal with Paramount is that it includes the already-confirmed The Alienist.

If there are any other shows in the planning stages, and it stands to reason that there are, we are not yet privy to them. What the new deal really means is that Cary Fukunaga is going to be around for a long time to come, and will be able to continue to make a name for himself in mainstream movies and TV.

Next: Watch a clip of the making of the True Detective Vinci shootout.

Of course, he could just end up returning to True Detective anyway.