Antoine Fuqua to Direct 'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace'

October 7, 2014
Source: THR

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace / Antoine Fuqua

In an underwhelming reunion, director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington currently have The Equalizer in theaters. While Washington puts in a great performances, it's just too much of a retread of what we've seen him do in Man on Fire to be truly captivating, though the climax is pretty damn good. So with that film in the past, Fuqua is figuring out what his next project will be. There's always something cooking for Fuqua, and now THR repots he's been lined up to direct an adaptation of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, the true story written by Jeff Hobbs about a young African-American man who left the crime-ridden streets of Newark to attend Yale. Sounds like a rather inspiring tale. More below!

While at Yale, Peace studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics and excelled at school, but the troubles from his upbringing continued to plague him until it became fatal. The story has all the detail you could imagine as Hobbs, the author of the book, was Peace's roommate and friend for four years. IM Global has the rights to the book, and since they have a deal with Fuqua Films, this project collaboration is a no-brainer. We just hope that the film turns out to be less cheesy than the similar story that was told with The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock. Anyone interested?

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


Really you thought the equalizer was underwhelming? I thought the film was a well made slow burn, with spurts of well executed action.

cg on Oct 7, 2014


Should really be interesting to see if this is financially successful. Could mean for a whole new segment of films. Especially due to the recent incidents.

DAVIDPD on Oct 7, 2014

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