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Cary Fukunaga directing The Alienist

“a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller”

“True Detective” helmer Cary Fukunaga will helm “The Alienist”, an adaptation of Caleb Carr’s bestselling novel, for Anonymous Content.

adds that Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) will executive produce the Anonymous/Paramount TV production. Hossein Amini, writer of the pilot, will write and executive produce the series.

“The Alienist is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully evocative of the unrivaled Gilded Age of New York City,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell. “Cary Fukunaga’s unique vision and ability to render compelling, distinctive and superbly atmospheric direction is the perfect voice for this television series. We are thrilled to have not only Cary’s expert direction, but also the creativity, imagination and storytelling abilities of the supremely talented Eric Roth and Hossein Amini.”

“We are thrilled that Paramount has entrusted us and our brilliant creative dream team — Eric Roth, Hossein Amini, and Cary Fukunaga — to bring this much beloved, bestselling novel to the screen,” said Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin, who will also executive produce the series. “The multi-episodic format will enable us to do justice to the complexity of Caleb Carr’s storytelling and his vivid and detailed portrait of late 19th century New York in all its splendor and grittiness.”

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