The young director Cary Fukunaga has been one of Hollywood’s most-scrutinized prospects since his 2009 debut at Sundance with the searing Sin Nombre. After helming last year’s Jane Eyre update with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, the industry has been buzzing over what his next film will be, with his name attached to projects as diverse as an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation, a novel about a West African child soldier, and a musical with music by Beirut’s Zach Condon and Arcade Fire’s Owen Pallett.
And now we have our answer. Fukunaga revealed in an interview with the Financial Times this weekend that he is currently focusing his energies on a Civil War period piece. He told the British newspaper, “It is a version of Buster Keaton’s The General, which was based on a real train heist, but told from the Yankee side.” Fukunaga has been attached to the Focus Features project—currently titled No Blood, No Guts, No Glory—as writer and director since last May.
The announcement also serves as notice that Spaceless, a science-fiction flick about an intergalactic assassin that Fukunaga has signed on to direct, will have to take yet another back seat. The film’s producer Gore Verbinski has been working on the project for over fifteen years and told Indiewire last month that Fukunaga was “doing a rewrite.”
Fukunaga also revealed in the interview that he has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War, saying, “I used to do Civil War re-enacting between the ages of 15 and 19. I was part of a unit that was considered very authentic. We would source the right wools, the right buttons for the costumes.” One assumes he’ll continue to bring that same meticulous eye to the big screen.