Is Antoine Fuqua trying to compete with Guillermo del Toro for the ‘guy attached to the most projects’ award? In the past year alone we’ve heard that he might direct a Tupac Shakur film, a movie called Afterburn, a Chinese epic, the Eminem boxing film Southpaw, the Summit project Storming Las Vegas, and a Showtime documentary about Suge Knight.
Some of those films have fallen apart, others, like Tupac, are struggling to get off the ground. (Fuqua is evidently no longer attached to make Tupac.) Southpaw didn’t work out at Dreamworks and is being shopped around. And now Fuqua is nearly signed to direct Hunter Killer for Relativity. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Over the past year, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s name has popped up in association with a number of projects — a boxing drama starring Eminem, a biopic about legendary Chinese concubine Yang Guifei, that untitled Tupac Shakur project, the true crime tale Storming Las Vegas, the sci-fi saga Afterburn and the fact-based drama Pablo Escobar. Now the very busy man is adding one more to his slate: a feature-length documentary about Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight for Showtime. More details after the jump.
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Eminem‘s planned return to screen acting just took one on the jaw. Southpaw, a story scripted by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) that would star the rapper as a lefty boxer whose life and career fall prey to tragedy, was picked up as a pitch by Dreamworks last year. But the studio today cut the project loose. Sutter and attached director Antoine Fuqua (himself a one-time Golden Gloves fighter) are free to take it elsewhere. Read More »
Summit Entertainment, those crazy cats behind the Twilight movies and distributors of Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, have just picked up another book and attached some pretty big names to it. Antoine Fuqua will direct Storming Las Vegas under the watchful eye of producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. To explain what Storming Las Vegas is about, one only needs to read the actual, full title of the book by John Huddy. The full title is “Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars.” Yup. Got it. More after the jump. Read More »
Very recently, it looked like Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) was going to direct the Tupac Shakur biopic that has been in development for some time. And while that might still happen — things have gone a bit quiet on that front, despite a promised spring/summer start date — now there is a report that positions Antoine Fuqua as a more immediate possibility for another film. That is Southpaw, the boxing picture that is set to star Eminem. Read More »
Who will direct the Wolverine sequel for Fox? Since Darren Aronofsky elected not to make the film we’ve heard about some possible options, but none have been offered the gig so far, and the film remains sidelined for the moment. But a shortlist of eight names has emerged, and it contains a few that are surprising. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has been confirmed to helm a biopic about legendary Tang Dynasty concubine Yang Guifei, an actual historical figure and one of the Four Great Beauties of ancient China. According to Wikipedia, it’s said that Yang’s face “put all flowers to shame.” That’s pretty serious. Read more afer the jump.
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Training Day/Brooklyn’s Finest helmer Antoine Fuqua is set to direct a Tupac Shakur biopic titled Tupac, which will go into production in late Spring/early Summer 2011. The film will be shot on location in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas and is currently being cast. Here is how Morgan Creek describes the story:
The film chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East coast/West coast rap war.
Morgan Creek quotes Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur-Davis as giving her blessing to the film, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures in North America. The screenplay was written by Steve Bagatourian (American Gun), and the writing team of Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson (Nixon, Ali, Moneyball). Read the full press release after the jump.
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