Cary Joji Fukunaga Biography, Age, Net worth, Actor, Feature films, Movies, T v Shows, Family

Cary Joji Fukunaga Biography

Cary Joji Fukunaga is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, U.S. He is famously for his role in film producation.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Age

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 (he is 41 years old as of 2018)

Cary Joji Fukunaga Height

Cary Joji Fukunaga stands at a height of 1.87.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Net worth

Cary Joji Fukunaga has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga Family

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born to Anthony Shuzo Fukunaga (father) and Gretchen May Grufman (mother). He was raised in Alameda, California with his brother Jeremy Fukunaga. His father, Anthony Shuzo Fukunaga, was a third-generation Japanese-American, born in an internment camp during World War II. His mother, Gretchen May (Grufman), is Swedish-American who works as a dental hygienist, and as a college history instructor and university assistant professor of history, from whom Cary got his original interest in history. His parents divorced, his father remarried, an Argentine woman, and his mother to a Mexican-American. His family moved to San Francisco Bay Area, and then to Berkeley, Albany, Vallejo, Benicia, Sebastopol and later to Oakland California.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Education

Cary Joji Fukunaga attended Analy High School. He later joined the University of California, Santa Cruz where he got his degree in Bachelor of Arts in history in 1999. He enrolled in New York University’s Tisch School of Arts Graduate Film Program. He then attended Institut d’études politiques (IEP) de Grenoble.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Actor

Cary Joji Fukunaga started acting after his school life. He is known for writing and directing the 2009 film Sin Nombre and the 2011 film Jane Eyre; he also was the director and executive producer of the first season of the HBO series True Detective, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. He received acclaim for the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation, in which he was writer, director, producer, and cinematographer. In September 2018, he was named as the director of Bond 25 (2020).

He wrote and directed the short film of Victoria para Chino (2004) while at NYU, he screened the Sundance Film Festival and he received a Student Academy Award in 2005. The film won an Audience Award for Best Narrative Student Short film at the 2004 Austin Film Festival, a “Best Student Film” award at the 2006 Ashland Independent Film Festival, a “BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence – Honorable Mention” award at the 2005 Aspen Shortsfest, Best Student Film at the 2005 BendFilm Festival, Best Short Film and an Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2005 Gen Art Film Festival, Best Short film at the 2005 Milan International Film Festival, and the Jury Prize for Best Student Short at the 2004 Woodstock Film Festival. He wrote and directed the short films Kofi (2008) (shot in black and white) and more recently, Sleepwalking in the Rift (2012). He wrote and directed a segment in the omnibus film project “Chinatown Film Project” (2009).

Cary Joji Fukunaga Feature films

Sin Nombre
He made his featuring films debut with Sin Nombre, which he wrote and directed. It received positive reviews. The films received a number of awards, including the Directing award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and a “New Director’s Award” for Fukunaga at the 2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival. In 2009, the film won “Best Foreign Language Film” awards from the Austin Film Critics Association, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards, the Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards (2nd place for Best Foreign Language Film), and the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards.  The film’s cinematographer, Adriano Goldman, won the Cinematography award of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and at the 2009 Stockholm Film Festival, the film won a Best Actor award (for Edgar Flores), as well as a Best Directorial Debut and FIPRESCI Prize for Fukunaga.

Fukunaga won a 2010 Premios ACE award for “Cinema – Best First Work”. The film was nominated as the Best Feature, and the Best Director and Best Cinematography during the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards, he was also nominated by the 2009 British Independent Film Awards (Best Foreign Film), the 2010 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (Best Foreign Language Film), the 2009 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (Most Promising Filmmaker; Best Foreign Language Film), the 2010 Image Awards (Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture), the Bronze Horse at the 2009 Stockholm Film Festival and the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.

Jane Eyre
In 2010, he directed a new film adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Judi Dench. The film was released in 2011 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his best Achievement in Costume Design, Costume Designer Michael O’Connor and a 2012 Goya Award for Best European Film. The film was nominated in 2012 by BAFTA Award (Best Costume Design), a 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (Best Costume Design), the 2012 Costume Designers Guild Awards (Excellence in Period Film), the 2012 Evening Standard British Film Awards (Best Technical Achievement), the 2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (Best Costume Design), the 2011 Satellite Awards (Best Costume Design). The 2012 Australian Film Institute awards as well as the 2011 British Independent Film Awards nominated Mia Wasikowska for a “Best Actress” award. The film’s screenplay and screenwriter Moira Buffini (as well as author Charlotte Bronte) were nominated for a 2012 USC Scripter Award.

Beasts of No Nation
He directed, wrote and filmed Beasts of No Nation, based on the novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala, in which Idris Elba stars as Commandant, a lead character. The movie was picked up by Netflix for a reported $12 million as part of an effort to expand into original films. On November 25, 2015, Fukunaga was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and Best Cinematography for his work on Beasts of No Nation, and the film received a nomination for Best Feature.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Television

Cary Joji Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of the first season of the 2014 HBO TV series True Detective, which was written and created by novelist and screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto. The series stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Monaghan. He also served as an Executive Producer on the show. The series received critical praise he was also nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for him, who won. For the second season of True Detective, Fukunaga did not return as director, but continued to serve as executive producer.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Writer/producer

Cary Joji Fukunaga has written most of the films he has directed. The short films that he has written the screenplays for include Kofi (2003) and Victoria para chino (2004). He wrote the screenplay to his feature film, Sin Nombre (2009), as well as his segment for the omnibus film, Chinatown Film Project (2009). Through his production company, Parliament of Owls, he has also produced and served as an executive producer on most of the projects he has directed. He was the executive producer for his short films Kofi (2003) and Victoria para chino (2004).

He was an executive producer on Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s feature film thriller, On the Ice, which won “Best Debut Film” and the “Crystal Bear” (Best Feature Film for the Generation 14+) at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, among other awards. He also served as an executive producer for the HBO series and he directed, the True Detective. Warner Bros chose him to develop, direct, and write its adaptations of Stephen King’s It (2017), the first of which was initially due to start shooting in 2015.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Other work

Cary Joji Fukunaga served as a cinematographer on a number of short film projects, including Handmade (2013; documentary of short which was directed by Rob Meyer), Sikumi (2008; also known as Sikumi (On the Ice) about an Inuit hunter on the frozen Arctic Ocean, directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean), Team Queen (2007) (a short film directed by Leah Meyerhoff), the feature documentary Death of Two Sons (2006; directed by Micah Schaffer), the short films Clear Water (2005; directed by Natalie Mooallem), White (2005; directed by Sebastian Mantilla), Kinnaq Nigaqtuqtuaq (2005; directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean), Two Men (2005) (directed by Ian Olds) and Mating Call (2004; directed by Patricio Serna).

He has also served as a camera operator on the short Glory in the 2008 Sea which is (directed by Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin), as a gaffer on the short film Just Make Believe (2008) (directed by Jadrien Steele), as an additional cinematographer on the TV documentary Small Steps: Creating the High School for Contemporary Arts (2007), assistant camera on the short film Dock (2004; directed by Nina Martinek), additional photography for the documentary Lockdown, USA (about the “War on Drugs” campaign and directed by Rebecca Chaiklin and Michael Skolnik), additional camera for Autumn’s Eyes (2006; directed by Paola Mendoza and Gabriel Noble), a grip on the feature film Mango Kiss (2004; directed by Sascha Rice), and as an additional film loader on the feature film Black Cadillac (2003; directed by John Murlowski and starring Randy Quaid).

Cary Joji Fukunaga projects

Cary Joji Fukunaga launched his movie of Deadline Hollywood in April 2015, after there he was reported pairing again with Anonymous Content Productions to direct the TV series The Alienist , based upon the best selling novel of the same name by author Caleb Carr. The series is to be aired on TNT. In September 2016, Jakob Verbruggen replaced Fukunaga as director due to scheduling conflicts, although he will retain “created by” credit and will remain an executive producer. In February 2017, he was reported to have been in the talks of direct Shockwave,which is a drama about the lead-up to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In August 2018, it was announced that Fukunaga would serve as executive producer for TNT’s The Angel Of Darkness, based on Caleb Carr’s novel of the same name.

On September 20, 2018, he was announced to be the director of Bond 25 (2020). He will be the first American filmmaker to direct an official Bond film (Irvin Kershner directed Never Say Never Again, a film that is not part of Eon canon). In 2016, he was reported to be, alongside Spielberg, who could finalize the long-sought epic film about Napoleon that Stanley Kubrick worked with until the last days of his death. Two years later Fukunaga confirmed the reports, saying that he is already working with HBO on the film. In his interview he said he was working on a project about Hiroshima and another on a book written by Alexandre Dumas.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Movies

  • It 2017
  • Beast of No Nation 2015
  • Jane Eyre 2011
  • Sin Nombre 2009
  • Bond 25 2009
  • Victoria para chino 2004
  • Lovesong 2016
  • Chinatown Film Project 2009
  • Sikumi (On the Ice) 2008
  • Kofi 2003
  • Team Queen 2006
  • Mating Call 2004
  • The Adventutres 2004
  • Two men 2005

Cary Joji Fukunaga T v Shows

  • The Alienist
  • Maniac
    Since 2018

Cary Joji Fukunaga Nap0leon

HBO is preparing a miniseries based on Stanley Kubrick’s research for a film dubbed his “greatest never-made film” — a planned story on French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s 19th century struggle to bring Europe under his total control. True Detective Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga is in talks to direct the mini, which is in development at the premium cable network. Kubrick spent years in the 1960s researching the film he intended to shoot in France, Britain and Romania, using 30,000 members of the then-communist country’s army for vast battle scenes.

Plans for the project were shelved — after Kubrick had written a script and created a meticulous database of more than 17,000 images of Napoleonic-era paintings and artifacts — partially because the release of Soviet director Sergei Bondarchuk’s films War and Peace and later Waterloo made it a tougher commercial proposition. Kubrick’s family — including sister Christine and Jan Harlan, the latter an executive producer on many of his films — have now opened the archive to HBO.

The project is inspired by Kubrick’s work-in-progress original script and will be informed by the Kubrick estate and his extensive, personally curated archive.  The move comes three years after reports of interest in revisiting the project when Steven Spielberg said he was developing a TV miniseries based on the research. Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will exec produce the project via their Amblin Television banner.

The drama is a co-production with HBO and MGM. Harlan told The Hollywood Reporter that HBO Films president Len Amato and writer/co-exec producer David Leland visited the family’s big archives in the U.K. to study and copy items. The long-in-the-works drama previously drew interest from director Baz Luhrmann in 2013, with the drama back in development now with Fukunaga.

Cary Joji Fukunaga Bond

will soon be bringing his considerable talents to Bond 25, having replaced previous director Danny Boyle. While Bond 25 is still very much in development, rumors regarding the plot have already sprung up. Rumors that Fukunaga has no problem shooting down. But while the specifics of Bond 25 are still a secret, he has confirmed that the film will still be following the arc that started with Casino Royale. If you thought that Bond 25 might attempt to start things fresh, think again.

According to director Cary Joji Fukunaga, the latest adventure of 007 will be very much in-line with the story that began in Casino Royale. During an interview with, the Bond helmer offered some vague insight into how the story is being approached: What arc is he talking about here, though? Bond’s continued learning curve? Or his regret over the death of Vesper? Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace both complemented each other – they felt like they were telling similar stories. But Skyfall changed things up.

Bond no longer seemed new to the job – he was older, more haggard, more tired. And then came Spectre, which…well, I don’t even know what that movie was doing, because it wasn’t very good. I suppose the big takeaway here is that Fukunaga is confirming he’s not going to change things drastically. In other words, don’t expect Bond 25 to feel like a reboot. He also: don’t believe everything you read online. There have been rumors that neither master villain Blofeld (played by Christoph Waltz in Spectre) and gadget nerd Q (Ben Whishaw) would return for the next installment. But according to Fukunaga, no one can know that for sure:

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