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Antoine Fuqua Signs Pay-Or-Play Deal That Keeps Tupac Biopic Moving

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 1:37 AM
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Production Leaning Towards Casting An Unknown In The Lead RoleAbout a weak ago, the Tupac biopic, which had been gearing up for much of the year, suddenly looked dead in the water. Director Antoine Fuqua was suddenly looking at working with another rapper, Eminem, on a boxing drama, leaving the fate of the Makaveli story on shaky ground. The rapper's mother Afeni had approved of Fuqua and with him bouncing, it would potentially put the project on hold while another suitable choice was sought out, but it appears that the producers are doing everything they can to keep the director on board.

Antoine Fuqua Drops Out Of Tupac Shakur Biopic, To Direct 'Southpaw' Starring Eminem Instead?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2011 12:57 PM
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A double whammy of major moves for director Antoine Fuqua, which sees one highly anticipated project put on hold, and another high profile movie move forward. 24 Frames reports that Fuqua has dropped out of the long-gestating "Tupac" biopic and is eyeing "Southpaw," a boxing drama starring Eminem instead.

Doug Liman, Mark Romanek, James Mangold & Antoine Fuqua Reportedly Top The 'Wolverine' Wishlist

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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Other Directors Apparently In Contention For The Gig Include, Justin Lin, Jose Padilha, Gavin O'Connor & Gary Shore20th Century Fox has a history and it's not always a good one. While Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine" project under the pretenses of family obligations, it's been reported that "Black Swan" director left the project due to lack of creative control. That coupled with the fact that Matthew Vaughn seems to have been put through the ringer by the studio on "X-Men: First Class" -- he was super rushed, was forced to use five different cinematographers, had to switch assistant directors and didn't know who his crew was on certain days -- and it's any wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to work on one of Fox's super hero films.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will 'Cry Macho' This Fall

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 5, 2011 1:45 AM
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After a back-and-forth over his next project, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the big screen in "Cry Macho." The drama, to be directed by "The Lincoln Lawyer" helmer Brad Furman, deals with a former horse trainer who is forced to kidnap a boy, only to realize the boy's mother is in no way interested in getting the boy back. Bonding ensues. And, apparently, violence, as The Hollywood Reporter informs us "some action elements have been added to accommodate the star." What, did you expect Arnold to ACT his way out of a hostage situation?

Arnie Considering Big-Screen Comeback In Ji-Woon Kim's 'Last Stand' & Antoine Fuqua's 'The Tomb'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 8, 2011 12:57 PM
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Limited by a two-term limit as governor, his inability to run for President (due to being born in Austria), and the fact that he fucked up the California economy royally, legendary action star Arnold Schwarzenegger's flirtation with politics seemed to come to an end at the start of this year. But as one of the few actors recognizable by his first name alone, and boosted by a cameo in last year's "The Expendables," even an eight-year gap between starring roles ("Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" being the last) wasn't going to prevent Arnie from being courted by the studios.

Antoine Fuqua To Helm Chinese-Language Historical Love Story Epic

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2011 1:33 AM
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We've written about Antoine Fuqua a fair amount in recent times, only for it to amount to very little in the way of a follow-up to 2007's "Shooter." Among other things, the "Training Day" director has been plotting a biopic of rapper Tupac (which recently began an open casting call), an adaptation of comic book "Afterburn" starring Gerard Butler, a pilot at FOX starring Ethan Hawke from a script by David Guggenheim and superteam Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and he previously flirted with a reunion with Bruce Willis on prison-escape drama "The Tomb," as well as having the buzzed-about actioner "Prisoners" with Hugh Jackman and a spy-thriller "Consent To Kill" potentially on his slate at one point.

Antoine Fuqua's Tupac Shakur Biopic Launches Online Casting Call For Lead Role

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 20, 2011 1:34 AM
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Antoine Fuqua's upcoming biopic on Tupac Shakur has now evidently turned to an online opening casting call to help discover an unknown talent to portray the iconic rapper.

Antoine Fuqua's 'Tupac' Moving Ahead, Will Shoot Late Spring/Early Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2011 2:50 AM
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Looks like some PR reps were playing their cards very close to the chest. Last month, some rumors began circulating about Antoine Fuqua's gestating biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur with an April start date being whispered for the film. We made some inquiries and were told an April production start for the film wasn't in the cards as Fuqua would be busy shooting the pilot for Fox's "Exit Strategy." But it's clear that some of those rumors had a basis for truth as the film is definitely moving forward and while it might not lens in April, don't be surprised if in May the pieces start coming together.

Robert Pattinson In Buckley Biopic Is "Funny" Says Producer; 'Tupac' Biopic Not Shooting In April

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 9:53 AM
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The past few days have seen some pretty ridiculous music movie stories circulating, which should serve as a general reminder to bloggers everywhere of a rule that you can't forget: if the story sounds too good to be true and originates from the British press, triple check your sources. Especially when it's an old rumor.

Antoine Fuqua To Direct Fox Pilot 'Exit Strategy' Starring Ethan Hawke

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2011 7:21 AM
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Not only are we anticipating the big buys out of Sundance for the independent film world, but there’s also been a lot of buzz surrounding the television production companies and the high-profile pilots being picked up for fall 2011. Anticipated pilots already being made include a remake of “Charlie’s Angels” for ABC, a new Sarah Michelle Gellar vehicle for CBS, a grown-up “Harry Potter” show for NBC and J.J. Abrams’ pilot about Alcatraz for FOX. The latest news from FOX also indicates that they’ve greenlit yet another pilot, this time from director and executive producer Antoine Fuqua, starring Ethan Hawke and titled “Exit Strategy.” The two last worked together on “Brooklyn’s Finest,” but Fuqua also directed Hawke to an Oscar nomination for “Training Day” (and Denzel Washington to a win for the same film).

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