Cary Fukunaga, who directed all eight episodes of HBO's True Detective, has signed on to write and direct The Black Count, teaming up with musician/producer John Legend's Get Lifted Films production company and Sony Pictures.

The project is an adaptation of Tom Reiss' 2012 Pulizer Prize winning biography The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo, which chronicles the life of French Revolution general Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the father of The Count Of Monte Cristo author Alexandre Dumas. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was born to a French nobleman and an African slave, who went on to become the highest-ranking non-white soldier to serve in any European army. He was said to be a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte, and his adventures served as the basis for his son's books such as The Count Of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

Get Lifted's Mike Jackson is producing with Ty Stiklorious and Cary Fukunaga's Legend of Owls company. John Legend is executive producing alongside Troy Carter and Sony's Josh Bratman.

Here's what Sony's Michael De Luca, who is overseeing the project, had to say in a statement.

"Cary is an 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. He's got a great take on the material and we're thrilled to be working with him, John, Ty, Troy and Mike."

No production schedule was given at this time. Aside from his work on True Detective, Cary Fukunaga has also directed features Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre.