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 »
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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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We just talked about the possibly-revived Neighborhood Watch; now here’s news on another sci-fi comedy that has been kicking around for a while. Used Guys was once meant to be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents) with Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller starring as men “in a future run by women, where cloned male slaves are traded like cars.” Fox shut down the film when the budget started to escalate and most of the talent moved on to other projects.
Now Danny McBride is attached to the role Jim Carrey would have played. Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton were attached to direct last year, and they remain a part of the project. A small mention in Variety says that Fox is looking for a ‘scaled-down’ production, compared to the expensive Jay Roach version. No word on other cast attachments for now, including whether Ben Stiller, who stuck around when others bailed, is still part of the film. [The Playlist]
After the break, Katherine Heigl backs out of her next picture, and Gerard Butler teams up with Antoine Fuqua. Read More »
Industry tracking boards are reporting a couple interesting items today:
- Ben Affleck has apparently been offered the lead role in Antoine Fuqua’s (Bait, King Arthur, Shooter, Training Day) upcoming adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel Consent to Kill which Lorenzo di Bonaventura (GI Joe, Transformers) is producing for CBS Films.
- Ryan Gosling has apparently been offered the role of “Private Billy Cage” in Doug Liman‘s sci-fi project All You Need Is Kill.
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This is only the latest directorial change for the video game adaptation that is to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. Previous possible directors included Wayne Kramer and F. Gary Gray, and those men are both being sought as possible replacements for Alessandrin, along with Antoine Fuqua. Read More »