Cary Fukunaga & Nicole Kassell Adapting Last of the Mohicans Into TV Show
Filmmakers Cary Fukunaga and Nicole Kassell will adapt The Last of the Mohicans for Paramount TV. In Michael Mann’s 1992 function movie adaptation, Daniel Day-Lewis starred in the principle position. In recent times, Kassell has directed episodes of Westworld and Castle Rock, together with the upcoming Watchmen pilot, and Fukunaga is presently filming Bond 25.
Mann’s The Final of the Mohicans is well-known in popular culture, however it’s based mostly on James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 novel of the identical title. The story is ready in 1757, and examines the French and Indian Battle, in any other case often known as the Seven Years’ Battle. In Mann’s model – which can be based mostly on Philip Dunne’s screenplay for George B. Seitz’s 1936 movie The Final of the Mohicans – the aforementioned Day-Lewis portrays Hawkeye aka Nathan Poe, a fictional interpretation of the Natty Bumppo character from Cooper’s unique “Leatherstocking Tales” collection, which incorporates The Final of the Mohicans. Produced for $40 million, Mann’s huge display adaption earned over $75 on the field workplace, and obtained largely constructive critiques. Alongside Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe co-stars as Cora Munro, Russell Means portrays Chingachgook, and Eric Schweig seems as Uncas.
Per Variety, Fukunaga and Kassell will collaborate for a brand new tackle The Final of the Mohicans story. Their tv collection will likely be trustworthy to Cooper’s unique narrative, which facilities on the characters Cora – the mixed-race daughter of a British colonel – and the Mohican Uncas. Kassell will direct the pilot episode, and Fukunaga co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Osborne. All three will co-produce The Final of the Mohicans.
As for Kassell, her official assertion touches upon the collection’ potential to retell the unique story, however with extra character views:
I’m profoundly excited to be part of this extraordinary group and to be bringing a brand new mild and perspective to this era in our historical past. Whereas the James Fenimore Cooper guide and unique movie depart giant footwear to fill, Nick and Cary’s script is a riveting learn and contemporary take. They embrace this unbelievable alternative to indicate and discover characters so typically marginalized.
Whereas The Final of the Mohicans marks Osborne’s first filmmaking credit score, Fukunaga has collected an unlimited resume over the previous decade. In 2015, Fukunaga launched the function movie Beasts of No Nation, a warfare drama that he wrote, directed, co-produced, and even filmed. In 2017, Fukunaga wrote the screenplay for the Stephen King adaptation It, and he additionally directed the primary season of HBO’s True Detective. For Netflix’s 2018 restricted collection Maniac, Fukunaga served as the author, director, and govt producer. Final September, Fukunaga was hired for Bond 25 after Danny Boyle left the film because of inventive variations.
For the brand new spin on The Final of the Mohicans, Kassell’s inclusion as director is very intriguing. She’s directed episodes of high-profile tv reveals like The Americans, and she or he’s helmed many reveals with supernatural themes, so it is going to be thrilling to see how she addresses the non secular components of Cooper’s story. And with Fukunaga writing, The Final of the Mohicans might be an actual mind-trip – a collection that may undoubtedly be violent, but in addition viscerally entertaining and various.