Cary Joji Fukunaga, Nicole Kassell developing Last of the Mohicans series
James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans is coming to the small screen, courtesy of Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) and Nicole Kassell (Watchmen). As noted by Deadline, who first reported the story, this marks the first collaboration between the two directors.
Fukunaga will pen the script with Nicholas Osborne, with Kassell directing. The series is being developed at Paramount Television and produced by Anonymous Content and Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls. The story will adapt the novel, which is set during the French and Indian War, but will re-center the classic tale on the unlikely romance between Uncas, a young Mohican, and Cora, the mixed-race daughter of a British colonel.
“The clash of civilizations during the Seven Years War, which frames the story of Last of the Mohicans, has been a long-time passion of mine,” Fukunaga said. “It was a world war before the term even existed. The opportunity to recreate the story’s strong-willed and free-thinking characters, with talents including Nick Osborne and Nicole Kassell, is incredibly exciting to me. Together with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, we have the chance to revive the forgotten ancestors that define American identity today.”
This will be the 10th (!) adaptation of the story, the first being a 1912 movie starring James Cruze. Eight years later, actor Wallace Beery starred in the second adaptation, which has since been deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry. The 1992 version, with Daniel Day-Lewis in the starring role, took home the Oscar for best sound. It’s also been adapted for television, starting with 1957’s Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, and most recently an animated series that concluded in 2007.