Antoine Fuqua to Adapt the Navy SEALs Thriller 'Firing Point' Now
Back in February, there were rumblings that Salt director Philip Noyce would next take on a Black Hawk Down style adaptation of the unpublished novel Firing Point. Going by the title Hunter Killer the big screen adaptation follows an American sub commander and a Navy SEAL team that must rescue the Russian president and defeat a renegade admiral who’s attempting a coup. Now Variety has word that Training Day and Brooklyn's Finest director Antoine Fuqua is in final negotiations to direct the project after falling away from several projects including a Tupac Shakur biopic and the Eminem led boxing flick Southpaw.
Fuqua has also been attached the comic book adaptation Afterburn and a biopic on Tang Dynasty Leader Yang Guifei, but neither of those project have seen much development since their announcement. Obviously plenty of studios want Fuqua behind the camera again, but his projects keep getting stalled or delayed (Southpaw was supposed to shoot in January, but DreamWorks killed it and the film is trying to find another studio home). Fuqua also came close to snagging a couple big tentpole projects with The Wolverine and Die Hard 5, but lost the gigs to James Mangold and John Moore, respectively. Here's hoping this film actually ends up getting off the ground so we don't have to keep attaching the director to a plethora of projects.