Antoine Fuqua Adds Chicagoland To Busy Slate
Looking to get their in-development crime drama Chicagoland into production, New Line has been on the hunt for a fitting helmer. While little is known about the feature—other than that it's presumably set in Chicago—the studio has told Variety that it's in the vein of Training Day. So who better to helm it than Training Day director Antoine Fuqua? The trade revealed Fuqua has been signed to direct the picture, beating out handful hopefuls that included Stephen Gaghan, who wrote and directed the political thriller Syriana.
Since his last theatrical outing, 2009's Brooklyn's Finest, Fuqua has been tirelessly developing new projects. At present he's in post-production on a documentary about Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight and a historical drama about the tragic romance between Chinese Emperor Xuanzong and his imperial concubine Yang Guifei. Beyond that he's currently attached to direct Steel Town, Storming Vegas, and Southpaw and is said to be in talks to helm a White House-centered thriller called Olympus Has Fallen.With so much brewing for the prolific filmmaker, it's anyone's guess which feature will be his next. But let's try to break it down.
Summit Entertainment's Storming Vegas only secured a screenwriter in March, and the heist feature is based on the spectacular string of robberies that seems to guarantee a long pre-production to plan for action setups. So let's assume this bumps it out of the running for Fuqua's very next effort. The last word we heard on Southpawwas that it was seeking studio backing, and Steel Town hasn't even been on our radar. This could mean the path is clear for Fuqua to buckle down and tear it up Training Day-style on Chicagoland. But with him so many irons in the fire, I wouldn't dare wager what he might do next.
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