‘Darkness’ falling upon FX with Rwanda telepic

Hunt, Hounsou in talks for cabler movie

Helen Hunt and Djimon Hounsou are in negotiations to topline “100 Days of Darkness,” an FX original movie about the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Cabler is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV to produce and “Elizabeth” helmer Shekhar Kapur to direct the project from a script by Stuart Beattie (“Collateral”) and Peter Silverman (“Something the Lord Made”).

Project would rep Kapur’s first foray in television directing.

Francine LeFrak (“Shot Through the Heart”) and Amy Lanier will exec produce.

Based on actual events, telepic follows the love story of an American relief worker who risks her life to find the man she’s fallen in love with — an embattled Tutsi whose family is forced to flee during the tribal wars.

Production on “100 Days” is slated to begin in February in South Africa. No airdate has been set. FX longform senior VP Gerard Bocaccio is overseeing the project.

A spokesman for FX said no deals have been made.

“100 Days” is one of several projects coming up that centers on the Rwanda genocide that left nearly 1 million dead: HBO Films is in post-production on Raoul Peck’s “…Sometimes in April.” Terry George’s “Hotel Rwanda” about a hotel worker who takes in 1,300 people to protect them from the slaughter, just nabbed the audience choice award at the AFI/Los Angeles Intl. Film Festival.

Hunt next stars in the HBO telepic “Empire Falls” and the feature “A Good Woman.”

Hounsou next appears in the feature films “Constantine” and “Beauty Shop.” He is currently shooting Michael Bay’s sci-fi actioner “The Island.”

Kapur last directed “The Four Feathers” and exec produced “The Guru.”

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