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 50)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, film producer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Lela Rochon (1999–present)
Children 3

Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director and film producer. He has directed primarily action films and thrillers variety of subgenres, and is probably best known for his 2001 film Training Day.

Life and career[edit]

Fuqua was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Carlos and Mary Fuqua. He is the nephew of record producer and executive Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows. 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, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. From 1998 onwards, he began directing feature films, although he has worked on a few music videos since then.

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. His next films were 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), the latter of which pairs Fuqua with Denzel Washington again. His most recent film is the sports drama Southpaw (2015).

Fuqua's next film is The Magnificent Seven (2016), a remake of the 1960 western of the same name and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, on which the western was based. This will be the third of Fuqua's films starring Denzel Washington. He was also the executive producer of the (2016) television remake of Roots.

He co-created the comic book miniseries After Dark with Wesley Snipes, which was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Jeff Nentrup.[2]

Fuqua was scheduled to direct Prisoners,[3] based on a storybook from Aaron Guzikowski, but left the project.[4] He was slated to direct Tupac Shakur's official biopic.[5] The project was postponed to allow Fuqua to direct rapper Eminem's second feature film, Southpaw.[6] However, Eminem put Southpaw on hold to focus on music,[7] and was replaced with Jake Gyllenhaal.

In 2010, CBS Films hired Fuqua to direct a new movie based on a Vince Flynn novel, Consent to Kill.[8] In May 2014, 20th Century Fox set Fuqua to direct a drug smuggling thriller film Narco Sub which is scripted by David Guggenheim.[9]

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.[10][11] 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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, he and actress Lela Rochon were engaged and they married on April 9, 1999.[13] Daughter Asia Rochon Fuqua was born on July 28, 2002, followed by son Brando in May 2004. Fuqua has a son Zachary, from a previous relationship.

Filmography[edit]

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
Training Day
2003 Tears of the Sun
2004 Lightning in a Bottle Documentary
King Arthur
2005 Murder Book TV
2006 Call, TheThe Call Short
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 Completed; also executive producer

Music videos[edit]

Commercials[edit]

Reception[edit]

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

Film Rotten Tomatoes[16] Metacritic[17] CinemaScore[18] Budget Box office[19]
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 million
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 60% 57 A $25 million $104.8 million

References[edit]

  1. ^ nthWORD Magazine, April, 2010
  2. ^ "Cover Artwork for After Dark Comic Issues No. 0 and #1". DreadCentral. 
  3. ^ Eugene Driscoll. "750 Extras Needed For ‘Prisoners’". Valley Independent Sentinel. 
  4. ^ "Missing Star Causes 'Prisoners' Delay". BloodyDisgusting. 
  5. ^ Production On Tupac Film To Begin This Spring AllHipHop.
  6. ^ "Eminem's boxing movie may delay the Tupac Shakur biopic yet again". AV Club. June 7, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Eminem cancels Southpaw". 
  8. ^ "Antoine Fuqua Helming Consent to Kill". ComingSoon. 
  9. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (30 May 2014). "Antoine Fuqua Attached To Fox Drug Trafficking Thriller ‘Narco Sub’". deadline.com. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  10. ^ ""Training Day" director to tell Chinese love story". China Cultural Industries. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ Chu, Karen (March 27, 2011). "Antoine Fuqua to direct Chinese concubine romance". Reuters. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Toro, Gabe (11 March 2013). "Antoine Fuqua Says '24' Movie Is Dead, Still Waiting On The Script For Tupac Shakur Biopic". Indiewire. 
  13. ^ "Lela Rochon". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Fuqua, Antoine. "Mint Condition - "Nobody Does It Betta"". music video. mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  15. ^ "Ladae - "Deep Down"". music video credits. mvdbase.com. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "ANTOINE FUQUA". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Antoine Fuqua". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Antoine Fuqua Movie Box Office". boxofficemojo.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 

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