One year ago, we reported that Fox had indefinitely delayed the 24 movie, which at one time had Antoine Fuqua set as the front runner to direct. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the project.
"Yeah, that's not happening. I don't think it's gonna happen at all, definitely not with me. I met with Kiefer [Sutherland], Fox wanted to do it, it was a matter of his schedule before he went off to do his new show [Touch]."
It was rumored that there were issues with the budget, and that Fox gave Kiefer Sutherland a rather low offer to star in the big-screen continuation of the hit Fox series 24. While Antoine Fuqua wouldn't exactly confirm those rumors, he believes a deal was never solidified between Kiefer Sutherland and the studio.
"I don't think he was able to get a proper agreement with Fox. The time just passed, and I went off to go to what I was doing."
The director also spoke about Southpaw, the boxing project that DreamWorks acquired in 2010 for Eminem to star in. While the filmmaker didn't confirm whether or not the rapper is still attached, he did reveal that the project is now at The Weinstein Company.
"Southpaw was with DreamWorks, that's when I got the job. Then Em had to go do his music, so we paused it for awhile. I have a great passion for that project, and I met with [Steven] Spielberg about it, and I loved it. The timing of that didn't work up. And I spoke with Harvey Weinstein, and he loved it from the beginning. So I said, let's do it. So he went over and talked to them, and Harvey has it now. We're looking at different casts and I'm looking to be doing that at the end of the summer."
The filmmaker also spoke about his Tupac Shakur biopic Tupac, that is still in the very early stages of development.
"It was announced too soon. I have a deal for Tupac, but the script is not there yet, and its being worked on. Somehow someone started talking about it, it got out there and went crazy, but it was always a situation of, let's make sure we have a great script, and get it right. (The story focuses on) the last few days, that trip from LA to Vegas, and where his head was during that journey."
He is also attached to direct an untitled biopic of famed singer Miles Davis, which has Don Cheadle attached to star. However, they are having difficulties securing financing at this point.
"Don's a good friend and we talk about it all the time. It's funny when these things get announced, because I'm attached to it, I wanna do it with Don, but there's no written deals. We're trying to figure out where the money's coming from. It's been surprisingly tough to get the money together to do the Miles Davis story. I love Miles Davis, I love Don, how could you not want to make that if you're serious about making movies?"
The filmmaker revealed he is also attached to make the Chinese epic The Tang Dynasty, set in 8th Century China that he compares to Gladiator.
"Now it's in their system, they have to go through the government. That project is a big epic movie, and they have money, and I'm sort of at the mercy of that process. The goal initially was to get the Tupac script together, because that was a smaller movie, and then I would go to China because it's gonna take time to prep that movie, sixteen to twenty weeks to prep that movie. It's costumes, big battle scenes, recreating the dynasty. Like Gladiator but in China. We've talked about doing it in the Chinese language. It's tricky, because at one point we thought, we'd do Chinese language and at some point it dissolves into English. But you've gotta get great Chinese actors. I've been there with Chow Yun-Fat [on The Replacement Killers] -- you get the best out of them when they're in their element."
24 is in development and stars Kiefer Sutherland, Benjamin Bratt, William Devane, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Erik Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, Michael Wincott. The film is directed by Jon Cassar.