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John Legend’s Film Company to Produce Movie on Gen. Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas, painting by Olivier Pichat

Alexandre Dumas, painting by Olivier Pichat

Director Cary Fukunaga is teaming with John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. partner Mike Jackson to adapt and helm a Sony big-screen version of  “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal,  and The Real Count of Monte Cristo.”

Get Lifted Film Co. optioned the Pulitzer-winning 2012 biography by Tom Reiss , which chronicles the life and adventures of French Revolution-era General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas.

Jackson and Ty Stiklorius will produce the film with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls. Legend, his manager Troy Carter and Sony’s Josh Bratman will serve as executive producers. “Cary’s exceptional talent as a writer-director will bring to life all of the action and drama that have made The Black Count such a compelling read,” Michael De Luca, who is overseeing the picture for Sony told Deadline earlier this week. “He’s got a great take on the material and we’re thrilled to be working with him, John, Thais, Troy and Mike,” added the Columbia Pictures president of production.

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Born to a French nobleman and an enslaved African woman, Dumas became the highest-ranking person of color to ever serve in any European army. A favorite of Napoleon for a time, Dumas was also the first non-white to become a brigadier general in the French military. Dumas’ exploits were used as the basis for the novels of his son Alexandre Dumas. Better known today than his father, the younger Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count Of Monte Cristo.


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7 thoughts on “John Legend’s Film Company to Produce Movie on Gen. Alexandre Dumas

  1. Sundiata Keita says:

    if it aint a slave movie, they makin movies about niggas working for white folks. i need to find out how to make movies so i can put a stop to all this shit here!

  2. This great! WE have thousands of stories that needs to be told..

  3. Keke Eccentric Turner says:

    REAL African History is not taught in American schools, it must be researched, there are even greater stories than this one about African History, slavery is not the begining of African Americans, slavery only interrupted our history…Telling this story will hopefully open up the door to that truth, and get our real stories told:-)

  4. Andrew Crowe says:

    yes yes true words. You took the words right out of my mouth. Why do they not spend time producing a film on Kemet, Mansa musa, African empires pre colonialism. Maroons or the Haiti revolution would be good as it will demonstrate that we were far from being submissive as they so like to portray us.

    They are still afraid to harm the egotism white psyche with truth in case they don't get paid and would rather contribute to the destruction of the Black consciousness.

  5. Ken Brown says:

    Andrew you are so correct. But Dumas' story is an exceptional story that needs to be told. Believe me it would really rankle alot of necks. I love your ideas about movies on the Haiti revolution, Kemet, etc. Nat Turna!

  6. Tube Ringer says:

    Eighty percent of success is showing up.

  7. legea defaimarii…cea mai mare prostie si intradevar un pumn in gura tuturor, asa ceva nu se va intampla si nu se poate intampla, deja sunt prea multe lucruri urate facute de aceasta clasa politica iar romanul are si el o limita , nu va jucati cu focul!

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