Now this is an interesting team-up! Deadline reports that Bond 25 and Beasts of No Nation filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is collaborating with director Nicole Kassell (The Leftovers, Watchmen, Westworld) on a small screen adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s classic novel Last of the Mohicans for Paramount Television. Fukunaga is producing the series via his Parliament of Owls and is also co-writing the script along with Nicholas Osborne, while Kassell will direct the series.
Here’s what Fukunaga said about the project:
“The clash of civilizations during the Seven Years War, which frames the story of Last of the Mohicans, has been a long-time passion of mine. It was a world war before the term even existed. The opportunity to recreate the story’s strong-willed and free-thinking characters, with talents including Nick Osborne and Nicole Kassell, is incredibly exciting to me. Together with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, we have the chance to revive the forgotten ancestors that define American identity today.“
Kassell also shared her excitement over the Last of The Mohicans series:
“I am profoundly excited to be a part of this extraordinary team and to be bringing a new light and perspective to this period in our history. While the James Fenimore Cooper book and original film leave large shoes to fill, Nick and Cary’s script is a riveting read and fresh take. They embrace this incredible opportunity to show and explore characters so often marginalized. To echo a sentiment Nick expressed to me in our first conversation ‘certain stories are timeless vessels that allow different generations to look at it and explore them in different ways.’ To be a part of bringing these eyes and hearts to the screen is the opportunity of a lifetime for me.”
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