Citi presents exclusive John Legend concert for Citi ThankYou Cardmembers at The Emerson Theatre benefitting Teach for America on April 21, 2014 in Los Angeles

Citi presents exclusive John Legend concert for Citi ThankYou Cardmembers at The Emerson Theatre benefitting Teach for America on April 21, 2014 in Los Angeles

*Fresh from helming HBO‘s “True Detective” to critical acclaim, director Cary Fukunaga is teaming with John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. partner Mike Jackson to adapt and helm a big-screen version of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo for Sony.

Get Lifted has optioned the Pulitzer-winning 2012 biography written by Tom Reiss that chronicles the life and adventures of French Revolution-era General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. Jackson and Ty Stiklorius will produce the pic with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls.

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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 pic for Sony told me today.

“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.