Antoine Fuqua is still waiting to see his Sundance premiering Brooklyn's Finest debut in theaters across the country, but already he's looking to the next project on the list. The Training Day director is in negotiations to direct Prisoners, a spec script that THR says follows a small-town man who takes a hostage of the person who believes kidnapped his daughter and her friend.

Aaron Guzikowski's script first attracted attention from Bryan Singer, with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale apparently intending to star. Those two went on to make The Fighter together with David O. Russell, leaving Alcon Entertainment to pick up the script and budget it for something cheaper, around $30 million. Fuqua definitely knows how to make a movie on a budget but, given that Training Day won Denzel Washington an Oscar, could probably attract top talent anyway. Actually, Washington sounds pretty ideal for the lead role, if only because he did something pretty similar in John Q.

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