Antoine Fuqua, the director of Training Day, hasn’t made a film since 2009’s Brooklyn’s Finest. In that interim, let’s count the number of projects he has been attached to, officially or unofficially:
1) Scarpa, about the New York mobster Gregory Scarpa Sr. Fuqua was eyeing Sean Penn in the lead role.
2) Prisoners, a kidnap film that had Mark Wahlberg and potentially Hugh Jackman, attached.
3) Consent to Kill an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel about CIA assassin Mitch Rapp, potentially starring Ben Affleck.
4) The Tomb, a prison escape drama starring Bruce Willis.
5) Kane & Lynch, a movie starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx that’s fallen in and out of F. Gary Gray’s hands.
6) Afterburn, a comic adaptation that takes place a year after a solar flare burns half the surface of a planet. Gerard Butler was set to star.
7) Tupac a biopic about Tupac Shakur.
In addition, IMDb lists him as attached to two other projects, 8) Untitled Yang Guifei Project, a romantic drama set in 8th Century China, and 9) a Pablo Escobar biopic.
The 10th project since 2009 that Antoine Fuqua will purportedly take on is Southpaw, a boxing picture set to star Eminem written by Sons of Anarchy showrunner, Kurt Sutter. The details, as they are in all Fuqua projects, are not yet set in stone. Sutter describes it as a continuation of Eminem’s 8 Mile, a metaphorical movie about the second half of the rapper’s life.
So, if you’re counting at home, that’s two years, ten projects, at least as many A-list stars attached, and not a single minute of filming has taken place. Congratulations, you’ve successfully convinced the movie-blog universe that you’re a busy man without actually doing anything.
(Source: LA Times)