‘Equalizer’ Director Antoine Fuqua Offered ‘Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Narco Sub’

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The trailer for The Equalizer – the reboot of the 1980s TV show reuniting director Antoine Fuqua with his Oscar-winning Training Day lead, Denzel Washington – debuted this week; judging by the preview footage, Fuqua and Washington could have another effectively gritty, crowd-pleasing, action genre offering on their hands. Good news for Sony too, since the studio has already started to work on an Equalizer 2, in response to strong test screening responses to the first installment. Fuqua is – no surprise – Sony’s first choice to helm the Equalizer sequel, but that’s not the only offer on his plate at the moment.

According to a fresh report by THR, Fuqua has also been approached by 20th Century Fox to direct the action/thriller Narco Sub – a directing vehicle originally intended for the late Tony Scott, which still counts his brother Ridley Scott, as a producer (along with X-Men: Days of Future Past writer, Simon Kinberg). In addition, MGM is making a bid to get Fuqua to helm the studio’s slow-moving The Magnificent Seven remake – a project that began showing new signs of life in late 2013, after having looked dead in the water for nearly a year before then.

Equalizer 2 is currently being penned by Equalizer screenwriter Richard Wenk, who also worked on the scripts for the Mechanic remake and The Expendables 2. However, much like Fuqua directed last year’s throwback action flick Olympus Has Fallen only to pass on helming the sequel – next year’s London Has Fallen - it’s possible that the filmmaker will take steps to avoid being tied down to the potential Equalizer franchise. Deadline has indirectly suggested as much, with a separate report that asserts that Fox has already attached Fuqua to Narco Sub.

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Antoine Fuqua directing Morgan Freeman in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

The Narco Sub script written by David Guggenheim (Safe House) revolves around a “disgraced American naval officer [forced] to pilot a submarine carrying a huge shipment of cocaine” from South America to the United States. It reads as being the sort of B-movie with relevant sociopolitical overtones, that lies in Fuqua’s wheelhouse as a director; for now, the project is up for grabs, as the previously-rumored director, Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) has since moved on to make Splinter Cell instead.

Then again, Fuqua has tried his hand at different genres before – like when he directed the 2004 King Arthur (for better or worse) – and he might also prefer to do that in this case, by skipping on Narco Sub to go call the shots on the western-geared Magnificent Seven, instead. The developing remake of the 1960 film about seven gunslingers who defend a Mexican village – an Americanized take on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece, Seven Samurai – has a script written by True Detectives creator Nic Pizzolatto, with revisions from John Lee Hancock (director of Saving Mr. Banks).

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Magnificent Seven was, for a while, being envisioned as a Tom Cruise vehicle, but that is no longer the case; according to THR, Brad Pitt is the top pick among the other fittingly big-name stars currently being eyed to portray the eponymous cowboy pack. That would be in keeping not just with the casting for the original movie – featuring such names as Yul Brynner and Steven McQueen among its ranks – but also the longtime rumors about the present-day celebrities who’ve been eyed for the remake.

Fuqua could well be tempted to take on the intimidating job of remaking Magnificent Seven – a film generally regarded to have achieved “classic” status – but, seeing how he only just finished rebooting The Equalizer, the director might prefer something a bit more original (a la Narco Sub), instead. First, though, he’s going to direct the boxing drama Southpaw, which looks to boast a rather promising cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and possibly Oscar-winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker.

Let us know which of these developing projects – Equalizer 2, Narco Sub, and The Magnificent Seven – sounds the most intriguing and/or that you’re most interested in seeing Fuqua direct next, in the comments section of this article.


The Equalizer opens in U.S. theaters on September 26th, 2014. We’ll know you know what Fuqua has selected as his followup – when we know, that is.

Source: THR, Deadline

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  1. It is nice to see an African-American director getting so much work in Hollywood,whose name is NOT,Tyler Perry.

    • I have to wonder since pretty much all of his output is crap but how does Tyler Perry keep getting so much work?

      • Lately, his films have been flopping, but when he first came out, he was big among the theatre-going crowd since he dressed in drag and had a funny character named Madea who parodied old ladies and modern slang. When he transitioned from theatre to films, he was able to turn in profits due to having considerably small budgets. It also helped that everything he did was under his own company/vision.

        Plus his story is a bit tragic, so I’m sure a lot of people also support him because of what he’s had to go through before becoming mega-successful (he’s been sexually abused as a child, and as an adult he struggled to get a showing for his first play and went completely broke after spending his life savings on production). I think the cause for his films’ decline is due to Madea being the same old same old. Plus critics have probably influenced the general public to think it’s uncool now to like his buffoonery.

        But the bottom line is that he pretty much employs himself. He’s the owner and creator of his works. They’re awful cheap to make, if we are to believe what’s listed on wiki pages anyway.

      • It seems like he had the endorsement of Oprah, which goes a remarkably long way in the States.

  2. Wouldn’t it be cool if someone made a Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven type movie? Westerns aren’t that strong these days – Funny thing is, CBMs are dominating right now, and while not as frequent as westerns, they are certainly the hottest thing going just like westerns were some decades ago.

  3. Seven Samurai and Magnificent Sevenn are the type of films that just should not be remade.

  4. Splinter Cell, Equalizer, Equalizer 2, Narco Sub, Magnificent Seven remake…I could easily picture myself watching any or all of those. Glad to see Cruise has “cruised” on out away from the Mag-7 flick. Now if we could just get Pitt ousted as well. How about someone like Mark Valley for Mag-7, Narc-Sub, or Splinter Cell? I rather like him as an actor.

  5. Good for him! He’s deserving of the opportunities. With the exception of a couple of his films, I’ve enjoyed his work since The Replacement Killers. He’s one of the few directors who can interest me in a film regardless of the cast.

  6. been anxiously waiting for the magnificent seven since news first broke of a remake, westerns are an absolute hit or miss these days and if Fuqua is behind it and some big name stars i can see it being successful, atleast if its action packed…i dont think the whole cast should be big names but atleast have 3 or 4 of them and the villian…any one have some ideas on the cast? which if Fuqua directs theres probably some actors who would want to work with him again, like Gerard Butler, Ethan Hawke, Denzel, Morgan Freeman, Richard Gere, AAron Eckhart, Wahlberg, Clive Owen, maybe Jamie Foxx…i can see Pitt and Gerard Butler as the 2 main good guys, with like a ben foster, jeremy renner, logan Leerman, ray stevenson and maybe Freeman or denzel as the villian oir even Gere

  7. So according to the first picture is appears that Sergeant Dokes is directing this movie. Seems appropriate.

    • I’m watching you, moth******a.

  8. I think he can do it, Magnificent Seven simply needs a GOOD cast and not simply Hollywood faces who fit the demographic. Olympus has Fallen was surprise to me, I expected it to be another corny formula movie and he pulled it off brilliantly in the vein of Taken.