Antoine Fuqua is adding yet another project to his crowded directorial development slate. Variety reports that the Training Day director is in talks to helm the crime drama Chicagoland for New Line Cinema. Plot details are thin, but the story apparently revolves around some sort of heist. Fuqua has come in and out of a number of projects in the last year, and he’s currently attached to direct Steel Town, the crime spree pic Storming Las Vegas, and the Eminem boxing drama Southpaw. Variety notes that it’s unknown which of these projects is closest to production, so we still don’t know what Fuqua’s next film will be.
Peter Morgan (The Queen) wrote the script for Chicagoland, and apparently a number of directors were pursuing the gig, including Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). I haven’t been impressed with Fuqua’s recent output so I’m not exactly sure why he won out over a talent like Gaghan, but New Line must have taken a liking to his pitch. Nevertheless, we’ll have to wait and see if this project actually comes to fruition.