“Jane Eyre” helmer Cary Fukunaga is returning to the fold at Focus Features, which has tapped him to direct Civil War heist pic “No Blood, No Guts, No Glory.”
Fukunaga is writing the screenplay with Chase Palmer (“Dune”), whose original script appeared on the 2009 Black List. Project, previously set up at Paramount, has been described as “The Dirty Dozen” set during the Civil War. Story follows a spy and 20 Union soldiers in disguise who board a train in Georgia in order to pull off a heist that could bring a quick end to the Civil War. Project is a fictionalized account of America’s first special forces operation, based on the real-life Civil War commando mission that inspired Buster Keaton’s “The General.”
Kevin Misher (“Public Enemies”) is producing through his Misher Films banner.
Fukunaga was named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 2009 after helming the Spanish-language pic “Sin nombre,” which was financed by Focus. His adaptation of “Jane Eyre” recently crossed the $10 million mark in the U.S. , and he also served as an exec producer on Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s Sundance drama “On the Ice.”
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Helmer was also being eyed to direct 20th Century Fox’s next Wolverine pic, though he is no longer in contention for that coveted gig.
Fukunaga is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.