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When the director of the first two Star Trek films went to another Star-oriented franchise, the world waited to hear who would direct the third new Star Trek film. Dozens of names were floated for Star Trek 3 and then Roberto Orci, a co-producer and writer on the first two films in the series, stepped into the seat. This was a controversial decision. Orci had never directed a film; fans were worried. Fast-forward a few months and Orci is out. He’s still involved as a producer, but he won’t be directing. The search is on once again on for another director.

As Paramount and Bad Robot frantically try and find someone to hit a planned Summer 2016 release date, we figured we’d help. We came up with 15 names who should, could, and actually might direct Star Trek 3. That means anyone who has an obvious film in the pike is out. Anyone who had passed is out and huge Hail Marys like Spielberg, Nolan or Scorsese are out. What’s left is a half wish-list, half possible list of 15 names. Read our Star Trek 3 director ideas below. Read More »

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Chris Pratt in Talks for ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake

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It seems like everyone wants a piece of Chris Pratt right now, and with good reason. He led two of the biggest movies of 2014 and has a potentially even bigger film due out in 2015. Now he’s weighing his options for his next move, and another possibility has just popped up on the horizon.

Pratt is reportedly in early talks for The Magnificent Seven, Antoine Fuqua‘s remake of the 1960 film. If all works out he’ll join Denzel Washington, who’s been attached since September. More on the possible Chris Pratt Magnificent Seven casting after the jump.  Read More »

Antoine Fuqua Equalizer

Over the past couple of years, Jake Gyllenhaal has evolved into one of the most interesting actors working today. His performance in Nightcrawler may just be his best ever, and he’s got several more exciting gigs coming up, including Southpaw and Everest. Naturally, we’re excited to see where he’ll go next. And as of right now, it looks like that’s going to be another team-up with Southpaw helmer Antoine Fuqua.

Gyllenhaal and Fuqua are set to reunite for The Man Who Made It Snow, a true-crime story about the only American ever allowed into the inner circle of Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel. Hit the jump for more details.

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Antoine Fuqua Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Antoine Fuqua has The Equalizer in theaters now, and this week set up a new film to direct. He’s now attached to direct a film based on the book The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, which as the title suggests tells the story of a young man who made it to Yale, only to face a violent end. Read More »

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Antoine Fuqua is now confirmed to direct Denzel Washington in a remake of The Magnificent Seven. More details on the Denzel Washington Magnificent Seven remake, after the jump.
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Antoine Fuqua Equalizer

There’s no one film that launched Denzel Washington as a star. Rather, a collection of late ’80s and early ’90s performances, culminating in the drama/thriller combo of Philadelphia and Crimson Tide, cemented his leading man status. But there is one picture that tends to stand above most of Washington’s work, by virtue of the ferocity he brought to the role. Training Day, released in 2001, saw director Antoine Fuqua guiding Washington to one of his most striking performances, and to his second Oscar win.

Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington have teamed up again for The Equalizer. While the film is based on the concept created for an early ’80s TV show starring Edward Woodward, in which a former special ops guy uses his skill set to help the needy, the film is something a bit different. This is, as Fuqua explains, meant to be a bit like a European thriller, and a bit like a Western. It looks a bit more spare than your typical studio action picture. We visited the Boston-area set of the film, and spoke to Fuqua about the project. Read More »

new Equalizer trailer

A few weeks ago we saw the first trailer for The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington. But that one turns out to have been a less than legit release. Now Sony has released a new Equalizer trailer. This isn’t just the same thing with a different logo or two; it’s the same trailer with a lot of additional footage that gives a new look at the film.

While the first cut we saw was all about Denzel kicking the ass of some Russian mobsters thanks to their mistreatment of a young prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz, this one opens up with his character at work in a Home Depot-like big box store. A robbery angers the Equalizer, and while we don’t see any overt violence in response, the trailer gives a pretty good indication of how he deals with the situation. And then the mess with the mob gets started. Watch below.

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Antoine Fuqua magnificent seven remake

MGM’s The Magnificent Seven is zeroing in on a director. Antoine Fuqua has reportedly been offered the Western remake, written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto.

Which is pretty good news for Fuqua in itself, but that’s not all. He’s apparently also eyeing the former Tony Scott project Narco Sub at Fox, and The Equalizer 2 at Sony. Hit the jump for the latest on all three potential projects.

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