DiBonaventura Pictures Gives Antoine Fuqua Consent to Kill

January 11, 2010

Antoine Fuqua / Consent to Kill

No he's not moving from the director's chair to a sniper's perch, but Variety says director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Tears of the Sun) will direct the spy thriller Consent to Kill for DiBonaventura Pictures. Though the films logline is being kept under wraps we can gather some semblance of a story from the 2005 Vince Flynn novel of the same name on which the Jonathan Lemkin written script is based on. It follows counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp who's battling a Saudi billionaire, an ex-East German Stasi spy and a husband-and-wife team of assassins, all while dealing with a knee injury. Must be one hell of a knee injury.

Rapp is essentially Flynn's version of Jack Ryan, so this very well could become a franchise. This would be something new for Fuqua who most recently directed Brooklyn's Finest which was lukewarmly received at Sundance last year and is currently on schedule for a March release (watch the trailer). In addition, Fuqua is also set to direct Prisoners, the #4 script on 2009's Black List set to be produced by Warner Bros. which is rumored to have Hugh Jackman attached as well. But with no official development on Prisoners, it sounds like Consent to Kill just might be his next. We'll keep our ears open, so stay tuned for further developments.

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I actually have been looking forward to this news for a while. The whole series is similar to Bourne but with more humour. It would be a great franchise. I would suggest reading his earlier book "Transfer of Power" to get into the author if you have never heard of him.

Adam@UK on Jan 12, 2010


It was inevitable this series of books would hit the big screen sooner or later. I'm surpised that Lee Childs Jack Reacher series also haven't got the Hollywood treatment yet aswell

pete on Jan 12, 2010


this sounds like it could be good.........but, i'd like to know the names of the cast.

beavis on Jan 12, 2010


I dont think Jackman would be a good Mitch Rapp tbh. And I would not put Keifer either before he got mentioned.

Adam@UK on Jan 12, 2010


Hugh Jackman is not attached to Prisoners and never was, actually.

Walker on Jan 12, 2010


*sigh* I'm so nervous about Rapp coming to the big screen. In Flynn's novels, the politicians are pretty much ALWAYS the bad guys and Rapp talks to them like trash. I LOVE that part of 'em. I hope it stays in there.

Jacob Klinger on Jan 12, 2010


They would have to keep that it in the film or films, as its a major part of the series of books.

london-ox on Jan 12, 2010


This could be a fucking great time. I hope he doesn't slip in the director's chair. Just make it serious and not a movie like how Smokin' Aces was. I know he didn't direct that, just saying. Plus I don't dislike that movie, just want something more, hmmm, Bourneish.

Johnny Neat on Jan 12, 2010


Compared to Rapp, Bourne is a sissy. Rapp doesn't do the CQC stuff that made the new Bourne famous. He prefers the knife and pistol, one shot, one kill routine.

Jacob Klinger on Jan 12, 2010


Jack Reacher's a solid character, would go well to movie... also, Repairman Jack - F P Wilson's hero series is sic.

ek on Jan 12, 2010


Aw, yeah, I love me some Mitch Rapp. I am all sorts of excited.

Nick on Jan 13, 2010

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