Antoine Fuqua is a man of many talents. So much so, The Equalizer helmer somehow convinced Denzel Washington to do a sequel to the 2014 action thriller (sequels are not a distinctive part of Washington’s filmography). The action and drama auteur is poised to not only return to Sony, but lock up a deal that may bring a long-awaited passion project to life. Per Deadline:
As he prepares to re-team with Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2, Antoine Fuqua has signed his Fuqua Films to a first-look deal with the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. The deal starts with The Equalizer 2, which starts production in the fall and will be released September 14, 2018.
Fuqua will bring into the Sony fold several of his percolating projects, including what he hopes will be his follow-up directing project. He has long wanted to make a film about Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers revolutionary who headed the Illinois chapter of the BPP and was deputy chairman of the national organization. Hampton was assassinated while sleeping at his apartment during a raid by the Chicago Police Department and FBI in December 1969, with his death later ruled a justifiable homicide. Chris Smith has written a script, based on the Jeffrey Haas’ book The Assassination Of Fred Hampton: How The FBI And The Chicago Police Murdered A Black Panther.
This appears to be a rather great deal for Fuqua. Not only will we be blessed with a sequel to The Equalizer, but also with a biopic about one of the most important figures in the history of African-American political revolution. This is awesome.