Antoine Fuqua Attached to Direct ‘Narco Sub’ Thriller at Fox

By May 28, 2014

Looks like 20th Century Fox has finally found a captain to steer their long-brewing thriller Narco Sub. The project has been floating around Fox for a couple of years now, originally rumored to be a directing vehicle for the late Tony Scott before he passed away in 2012. Scott’s protege Joe Carnahan eyed the project for a while, and the most recent update we heard was Edge of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman might take over. That never happened, and now Deadline reports that Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) is attached to direct.

David Guggenheim, the writer of Safe House, the Nic Cage actioner Stolen, and Bad Boys 3, penned Narco Sub’s screenplay, which – weirdly, considering how long the project has been around – we don’t really know too much about. The title refers to “semi-submersible crafts that South American cartels employ to smuggle cocaine into the U.S.” (like the one pictured below) so the story obviously revolves around the drug trade in some fashion. Further details are hard to come by at the moment.

Narco Sub

X-Men: Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg will be one of the producers on this film (along with Ridley Scott and a handful of others), and word is that Kinberg and writer Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) each took a pass at the script since Guggenheim turned in his draft, so it’s tough to get a sense of what kind of movie we can ultimately expect here. For his part, Fuqua has stayed busy since his breakout film Training Day, but he hadn’t directed anything I liked since then until last year’s gloriously ridiculous and violent Olympus Has Fallen hit theaters. He has The Equalizer coming out next, and that film just got its first trailer.

What do you think about Fuqua taking on Narco Sub?

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