Antoine Fuqua Will Direct ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ Movie With Black Cast

More big news for Antoine Fuqua. The 55-year-old director will produce/direct a film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.

It’ll be based on the 2008 revival of the show that made history with a sold-out 19-week run as the first all-African American production on Broadway.

The 2008 Broadway production, directed by Debbie Allen, starred Terrence Howard in his Broadway debut alongside Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones.  The film version will combine elements of the classic play with new storylines.

No word on casting details for this film adaptation.

The original play centers on Brick, a former athlete turned alcoholic, his sexually frustrated wife Maggie and Big Daddy, the ailing and wealthy family patriarch.

This should be a pretty big production, and with Fuqua in the director’s chair, you know it’ll be in good hands.

Before Fuqua starts on this project though, he’ll be working with Will Smith on Emancipation.

Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard And Riley Keough Join Jake Gyllenhaal In Upcoming Film ‘The Guilty’

Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming film ‘The Guilty‘ is going to have a pretty incredible cast.

We already know Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in the dramatic thriller alongside Paul Dano.

But now we are learning that Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough and Peter Sarsgaard have also joined the cast. Those are some pretty huge names.

All that talent will be working with a script from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto.

Based on Gustav Moller’s Danish drama Den Skyldige, the Fuqua-directed pic takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

Gyllenhaal is also producing, along with Fuqua and Kat Samick. No word on when the film is scheduled to be released, but we will keep you posted.

One thing is for sure, Gyllenhaal is going to be a busy man. In addition to this film, he’s also in talks to star in the upcoming Michael Bay action-thriller, Ambulance. You can read more about that here.

Jake Gyllenhaal And Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Guilty’ Film Lands $30 Million Deal With Netflix

A little over a week ago, we told you that Jake Gyllenhall and Antoine Fuqua were teaming up again for a dark thriller titled, The Guilty. At the time, the movie did not have a distribution home, but that changed quickly.

It’s being reported this week that Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the film in a cool $30 million deal.

The streamer has been very aggressive in recent weeks, acquiring the Halle Berry-directed Bruised for $20 million just before it screened as a work in progress at the Toronto Film Festival; Pieces of a Woman for $10 million, and the Sam Levinson-directed Zendaya-John David Washington starrer Malcolm & Marie for $30 million, all out of the TIFF market.

The Guilty is scheduled to start filming sometime before the end of the year, which means it could be looking at a release date sometime in 2021.

It takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

Certainly sounds like it’ll be easy to film in these COVID-19 guidelines. Single location, only a few characters…it’s the perfect film to shoot in a pandemic.

We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.

Jake Gyllenhaal And Antoine Fuqua Teaming Up Again For Thriller ‘The Guilty’

Back in 2015, Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua worked together on the boxing drama Southpaw. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but made a respectable $94 million at the box office.

Now five years later, they’re teaming up again. This time, they’ll be tackling a dark thriller titled The Guilty.

It’s based on Gustav Moller-directed Danish drama Den Skyldige, which premiered at Sundance back in 2018.

It takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

They’re planning on moving fast with this movie because it’s set to be shot in a single location in Los Angeles. The plan is to begin filming in November.

Fuqua will make the film before jumping with Will Smith into the William College-scripted runaway slave drama Emancipation, which sold to Apple TV + in a huge deal at Virtual Cannes.

No word on a potential release date, but it’ll likely be released sometime in 2021. We’ll keep you posted.

Apple Studios Land Will Smith/Antoine Fuqua Thriller ‘Emancipation’ For Record $120 Million Deal

Something pretty incredible went down in the Virtual Cannes market. A bidding war over Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua’s runaway slave thriller ‘Emancipation’ went on for a solid week.

Several studios were trying to land this film, and it eventually came down to Warner Bros. and Apple Studios. In the end, it was Apple who landed the project with a $105 million bid, which will come out closer to $120 million when backend gross buyouts are factored in.

Bill Collage, the writer of the script, is reportedly being paid mid seven figures, which is absolutely incredible. It’s almost unheard of in today’s climate for a writer to make over $500,000 on a script, let alone $3 or $4 million.

[The script is] centered on a runaway slave named Peter, who escaped to the Union Army during the Civil War and outwitted bounty hunters over 10 days through the Louisiana swamps, masking his scent with onions. Army photos taken of Peter showing the scars on his back from being whipped were published in 1863 and became known as the ‘scourged back’ photos, which became a means to illustrate the cruelty of slavery.

Production on this film is expected to begin in early 2021. No release date has been scheduled, but we’ll keep you posted.

Denzel Washington Is Back In The First Trailer For ‘The Equalizer 2’

Back in 2014, a little thriller/action film titled ‘The Equalizer‘ made on a budget of around $70 million was released inside theaters across the nation. No one knew much about the movie, but they did know Denzel Washington was the star, and that was enough to get them excited.

The film surprised everyone by bringing in close to $200 million at the box office. Even though it received mixed reviews from critics, the audience (including me) absolutely loved it. I thought it was an incredibly entertaining movie, mainly because Washington was in the leading role. He can make any script work.

And I’m happy to report the sequel, ‘The Equalizer 2,‘ has finally released its first trailer. Both Washington and and director Antoine Fuqua have returned for this sequel, which features Washington’s character still being a complete badass.

The Equalizer 2 is scheduled to hit theaters August 3, 2018. You can check out the official plot summary and trailer below…

“Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?”

Movie Review: Southpaw (2015) – Strong Plot But Falters on Execution

The second I heard that yet another dramatic boxing movie had been made, I immediately thought “great, another attempt to copy Rocky.” I was expecting it to be filled with clichés, featuring an underdog who has to choose between the love of the sport and his own health, while a disapproving wife looks on. While that movie definitely had that, it also had some unique angles that made it a bit better than I expected it would be.

Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man who grew up in an orphanage in Hell’s Kitchen, is a light-heavyweight champion in the ring with a unique fighting style that I’ve never quite seen in a sports movie. He has a unique ability to absorb pain, and uses this to allow his opponent to beat him until he’s filled with rage, at which point, he just starts kicking butt. Maureen (Rachel McAdams) is his lifelong love, with another unique twist. She grew up in the same orphanage, so she gets him and his need to be strong. When his manager Jordan Mains (50 Cent) brings in a contract for a three-fight deal, she opposes it, thinking his body has undergone enough punishment.

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I immediately started thinking, ‘great, another movie where a boxer is torn between his love of the ring and his health.” Then, everything changes. Billy gets into a fight in a hotel, a gun is fired, his soul mate is killed, and he’s left to raise his young daughter Leila (Oona Laurence), alone. The downward spiral begins and soon, he loses everything because he’s completely lost to grief and anger.

This is a comeback story with a great set up and an insurmountable tragedy. I will say that the comeback pretty much sticks to formulaic, Rocky-like ‘wise older man teaches young angry dude how to live again.’

While the plot is strong, I have to say that much of the cast didn’t feel very human to me. Instead, it feels like they came out of the ‘character-o-matic’ by the corporate movie machine, designed to make Oscar bait. The dialog is too stagnant to really bring these characters to life, which is a shame.

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Gyllenhaal is a slurry, stumbling trainwreck of a character. Maureen is your standard “stand by your man long suffering wife” and Jordan is a one dimensional sports agent who acts pretty much how you’d expect him to act. The actors do their best with the poor dialog they were given, but it still isn’t very strong, despite a compelling plot.

I’m torn on this one. I’d give this a strong score on plot, but less on execution. In a movie like this, character development is key and I just didn’t feel it. It’s a movie that should have a human touch, but instead feels like a poorly commercialized attempt at Oscar bait.

I can’t say I loved it, but I can’t say I hated it. Would I trouble myself to go all the way to the theater for it? Probably not. But if you can get it on demand, I’d give it a worth the watch.
WE GAVE IT : 3 STARS! Watch the Official Trailer and See the Official Movie Poster below

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‘The Equalizer’ Sequel Lands An Official Release Date, Denzel Set To Return!

We told you a few months ago that Sony was developing a sequel to Denzel Washington’s R-rated hit, The Equalizer, and now the studio has released an official release date for the film.

The Equalizer 2 is scheduled to hit theaters September 29, 2017. If all goes according to plan, the film will be released almost exactly three years after the original. And we know Washington isn’t exactly a fan of making sequels, but sources say he will be returning for this one. They wouldn’t be making this sequel if he wasn’t going to return.

We don’t know if director Antoine Fuqua will return, but it seems likely that he will. Washington and Fuqua obviously work extremely well together. They are currently working together to create The Magnificent Seven remake, and we know Fuqua had hopes of turning The Equalizer into a franchise, “I would be lying to you if I said I wouldn’t love for it to become a franchise, I would love for it to become a hit and all that great stuff.” The director told Screenrant.

Well, it’s officially a hit. Taking in $192 million at the worldwide box office. We’ll see what happens, but I don’t see why he wouldn’t return.

We will keep you posted. For now, rest easy knowing you will once again see Denzel kicking ass on the big screen.

Sony Confirms There Will Be A Sequel To Denzel Washington’s ‘The Equalizer’

The bad news? Another studio is developing another sequel. The good news is that the film getting the sequel was pretty badass.

Denzel Washington’s thriller The Equalizer will be getting a sequel. Sony Pictures confirmed the news during their CinemaCon presentation. The film, which was directed by Antoine Fuqua, was produced with a $55 million budget, and it went on to gross over $190 million at the global box office.

As some of you may know, the plan was to make this a franchise. Heck, Sony started moving forward on the sequel idea before the first film even hit theaters. They knew the film was going to be successful after it scored the highest-rated test screening for any R-rated movie in the company’s history.

We’re not sure if Fuqua will be back as director, but we do know screenwriter Richard Wenk will be back to write the sequel script. And honestly, it’s probably safe to assume Fuqua will also return.

Why mess with a winning team? Plus, we know Fuqua was hoping this would become a franchise. He told ScreenRant the following…

“Ah, you know, I would be lying to you if I said I wouldn’t love for it to become a franchise, I would love for it to become a hit and all that great stuff. Who knows-you just make the best movie you can make, you know it’s like, eat the whole thing, one piece at a time. And then, we’ll see what happens, I would love for it to be.”

So, how do you feel about this news? Are you excited to see Denzel back in action?

Body by Jake? Jake Gyllenhaal reveals dramatic Transformation for his new Role.

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I wasn’t sure if that was a painting or the real deal. It is indeed the real deal.

Jake has been hitting the gym something fierce for his new role as boxer Billy Hope in the movie Southpaw and thanks to the image released by Deadline we get to see just how well the work is paying off.

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While the world is amazed at the 15 or so lbs that he has put on for the role, we quickly forgot about the weight that he lost for ‘Nightcrawler’.  During an interview earlier this year he described himself as a Coyote, and that the lean look was necessary to make his character in ‘Nightcrawler’ believable,

“I would try to eat as few calories as possible. I knew if I was hungry that I was in the right spot. Physically, it showed itself, but chemically and mentally, I think it was even a more fascinating journey. It became a struggle for me.”

For ‘Southpaw’ Gyllenhaal has taken a Hugh Jackman type dedication to prepare both mentally and physically for the role. The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua who says that the plan was for fans to shake the Gyllenhaal we just saw in Nightcrawler and give us something new. Fuqua describes the intense regimen,

“I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring, he did two-a-days seven days a week. I pretty much had him with me and my trainer every day. I took him to almost every fight. I had him train at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Vegas and we watched Floyd’s fights, and the Manny Pacquiao fight. He trained in New York at Church Gym with real fighters. We literally turned him into a beast… I’m confident that this will change how people see Jake, as a leading man.”

Fuqua says that he believes that Jake has even broken up with a girlfriend because of the training.  He said that he encouraged Jake to take on more “manly” roles,

I met Jake years ago before he did End of Watch, and I saw something in him. I told him he needed to do more masculine films because I could see he had this power in him, and good size, and great expressive eyes.

I think Fuqua was saying nicely, you need to shake that Broke Back Mountain movie and move on, which Jake has successfully done.  In Prince of Persia, Gyllenhaal was quite ripped, although in Southpaw, I’d say he’s buff.

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Southpaw is another boxer movie where the hero overcomes incredible challenges both inside and outside the ring. Just when things are going well inside the ring for our hero, his life is falling apart outside. Cast along with Gyllenhaal is Naomie Harris as well as Forest Whitaker who plays a boxer forced to retire because of damage to his eye. Very appropriate.

The film is slated to be released next near. After that photo we can’t wait to see the trailer.