Cary Joji Fukunaga

Cary Joji Fukunaga


Life Story

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and It (2017).



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Cary's father is from a Japanese family, and was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. Cary's maternal grandfather was of Swedish descent, and Cary's maternal grandmother's ancestry is English and German.
In addition to English, he is fluent in French and Spanish.
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
Originally attached to direct It (2017) with Will Poulter set to star as Pennywise. Once Cary Fukunaga left the project Will Poulter remained on board with Andy Muschietti signed on to direct. Poulter left the project and was replaced by Bill Skarsgård.
First American director to direct an official James Bond film - No Time to Die (2020).


Personal Quotes 

When I see an image in my head that compels me, where there's this mystery about what's going to happen next or could happen next, I'll be intrigued. There are so many scripts that you read, and you know exactly what's going to happen, and there aren't too many where you can't tell within the first 20 pages where it's going.
Have you seen [Matthew] McConaughey in 'Unsolved Mysteries?' Even back then, it's a great performance! And he's mowing the lawn.
I used to always make art for girls. That was the thing I did for girls to like me. I did portraits, drawings, letters that formed outlines of significant things in our relationship. Art. I just used art in general. It usually worked.
I began writing fictional stories and little screenplays when I was in fifth grade.
'True Detective' would not pass The Bechdel Test.
My dad worked for a generator company and then UC Berkeley, and my mom was as a dental hygienist and then eventually a history teacher. My uncles and aunts, all of them are elementary school teachers or scientists.
I think the semantics of mini-series for a network is that it has an end.
My mom was married to a Mexican guy - a surfer - and so we'd kind of camp out on the beach the swell season.
I didn't grow up watching detective shows. I've never even seen an episode of 'CSI.'
My grandma was really sick when I was working on 'Sin Nombre' and eventually died that summer when we were finishing the film. But I was able to bring an unfinished version of the film for her to watch.



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