Antoine Fuqua Wants Sean Penn for Scarpa Project
Director Antoine Fuqua, of films like Training Day and Shooter, talked with ComingSoon after the Sundance premiere of his latest film, Brooklyn's Finest, about another project in the very early stages of development, a biopic based on the life of Gregory Scarpa Sr. For those of you unfamiliar with the goings on of the Colombo crime family, Scarpa Sr., also known as "The Grim Reaper", was their chief enforcer during the 70s and 80s and an FBI informant for over thirty years. And it's looking like the role of Scarpa Sr. may be played by none other than Sean Penn. Fuqua says the project is called Scarpa and that "it's New York again, Brooklyn, FBI, Italian gangsters, [and] it takes place from the '60s to the '90s."
Sean Penn has incredible range, so it's no wonder why his name would be at the top of Fuqua's list. Taking only the last decade into account, Penn has masterfully handled such complex roles as those in I Am Sam, Mystic River, and, most recently, Milk. The complexity of a character like Gregory Scarpa Sr. should allow Penn to turn in yet another award-worthy performance. As for director Antoine Fuqua, it appears he may be warming up for Scarpa with his next project Escobar, a biopic based on the life of infamous Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, also known as "El Doctor". Not sure which nickname is more frightening, "El Doctor" or "The Grim Reaper", but I do know that Fuqua seems to be the best man for both projects.