by: Sammy Mink
Antoine Fuqua has been a prolific and respected director since his crime/thriller “Training Day” but lately, he’s become even more of a hot commodity. This week alone, Fuqua has been offered MGM’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and THE EQUALIZER 2 and has (very) recently agreed to direct Fox’s “Narco Sub.” Let’s break it down:
The “Magnificent Seven” tells the story of a sharp-shooting widow who hires a bounty hunter and a team of wanted criminals to avenge her husband’s death and take back the town from the ruthless grip of a tyrannical mine owner. Tom Cruise was previously attached to star and has since dropped out of the project, making way for the studio to approach Brad Pitt instead. “Blind Side” scribe John Lee Hancock is writing the script for the remake.
Fuqua directed “The Equalizer,” which is set to premiere in September of this year and follows a former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston but comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters. Like the original, the sequel will star Denzel Washington so whatever happens the first go around, expect Washington to survive it.
As for Fuqua, you’ll recognize his name from his time behind the camera for “Training Day,” “Tears of the Sun,” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” He’s obviously a busy man with these upcoming projects but he is also set to direct boxing drama “Southpaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams as well as an untitled Jesse Owens biopic which chronicles the life of the Olympic gold medalist.
Fuqua is repped by CAA.