Antoine Fuqua

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Antoine Fuqua
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Fuqua at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Born (1966-01-19) January 19, 1966 (age 49)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, film producer
Years active 1992–present

Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director and film producer.

Life and career[edit]

Fuqua was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After going to school for electrical engineering, with the hope of going on to fly jets in the military,[1] Fuqua began his career directing music videos for popular artists like Toni Braxton, Coolio (his "Gangster's Paradise" music video) and Prince, and then went on to become a film director.

His first feature film was the action film The Replacement Killers (1998), starring Chow Yun Fat. He then directed the crime thriller Training Day (2001), for which star Denzel Washington won an Oscar, the action war drama Tears of the Sun (2003), the Arthurian legend film King Arthur (2004), the conspiracy action thriller Shooter (2007), the crime film Brooklyn's Finest (2010), and the action thrillers Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and The Equalizer (2014), which pairs Fuqua with Denzel Washington again.

He is perhaps best known for the award-winning film Training Day. Fuqua was scheduled to direct Prisoners,[2] based on a storybook from Aaron Guzikowski, but left the project.[3]

CBS Films has hired Antoine Fuqua to direct a new movie based on a Vince Flynn novel, Consent to Kill.[4]

In March 2011, Fuqua signed on to direct a film featuring the romantic love story between Consort Yang Yuhuan and Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang dynasty.[5][6] As reported in March 2013, he has stated that he's awaiting for the film project to go through the appropriate Chinese government channels before directing the historical epic film, currently known as The Tang Dynasty.[7]

He was slated to direct Tupac Shakur's official biopic.[8] The project was postponed to allow Fuqua to direct rapper Eminem's second feature film, Southpaw.[9] However, Eminem put Southpaw on hold to focus on music,[10] and was replaced with Jake Gyllenhaal. Fuqua moved on to Olympus Has Fallen (2013), an action thriller starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. Southpaw was released in 2015.

In May 2014 20th Century Fox set Fuqua to direct a drug smuggling thriller film Narco Sub which is scripted by David Guggenheim.[11]

He co-created After Dark with Wesley Snipes, which was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Jeff Nentrup.[12]

Fuqua is currently directing The Magnificent Seven (2016), a modern-day remake of the 1960 western of the same name (The Magnificent Seven) and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, on which the western was based.


Year Title Notes
1992 Inside Out IV Straight to video
1998 Replacement Killers, TheThe Replacement Killers
1999 Usher Live Straight to video
2000 Bait
2001 From Toni with Love: The Video Collection Straight to video
2001 Training Day
2003 Tears of the Sun
2004 Lightning in a Bottle Documentary
2004 King Arthur
2005 Murder Book TV
2006 Call, TheThe Call
2007 Shooter
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Also executive producer
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Also producer
2014 The Equalizer
2015 Southpaw Also producer
2016 The Magnificent Seven Filming

Music videos[edit]



Critical, public and commercial reception to films Fuqua has directed as of August 9, 2015.

Film Rotten Tomatoes[15] Metacritic[16] CinemaScore[17] Budget Box office[18]
The Replacement Killers 36% 42 N/A $30 million $19.2 million
Bait 26% 39 A- $51 million $15.5 million
Training Day 72% 70 B+ $45 million $104.9 milion
Tears of the Sun 33% 48 A- $75 million $86.5 million
King Arthur 32% 46 B $120 million $203.6 million
Shooter 48% 53 B+ $61 million $95.7 million
Brooklyn's Finest 43% 43 C $17 million $36.4 million
Olympus Has Fallen 48% 41 A- $70 million $161 million
The Equalizer 61% 57 A- $55 million $192.3 million
Southpaw 59% 57 A $25 million $104.8 million


  1. ^ nthWORD Magazine, April, 2010
  2. ^ Eugene Driscoll. "750 Extras Needed For ‘Prisoners’". Valley Independent Sentinel. 
  3. ^ "Missing Star Causes 'Prisoners' Delay". BloodyDisgusting. 
  4. ^ "Antoine Fuqua Helming Consent to Kill". ComingSoon. 
  5. ^ ""Training Day" director to tell Chinese love story". China Cultural Industries. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Chu, Karen (March 27, 2011). "Antoine Fuqua to direct Chinese concubine romance". Reuters. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ Toro, Gabe (11 March 2013). "Antoine Fuqua Says '24' Movie Is Dead, Still Waiting On The Script For Tupac Shakur Biopic". Indiewire. 
  8. ^ Production On Tupac Film To Begin This Spring AllHipHop.
  9. ^ "Eminem's boxing movie may delay the Tupac Shakur biopic yet again". AV Club. June 7, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Eminem cancels Southpaw". 
  11. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (30 May 2014). "Antoine Fuqua Attached To Fox Drug Trafficking Thriller ‘Narco Sub’". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Cover Artwork for After Dark Comic Issues No. 0 and #1". DreadCentral. 
  13. ^ Fuqua, Antoine. "Mint Condition - "Nobody Does It Betta"". music video. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  14. ^ "Ladae - "Deep Down"". music video credits. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ "ANTOINE FUQUA". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Antoine Fuqua". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "CinemaScore". Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Antoine Fuqua Movie Box Office". Retrieved April 8, 2015. 

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