While Antoine Fuqua prepares to release The Magnificent Seven, the director is already lining up his next project.
In addition to producing the upcoming Training Day series for CBS, Fuqua has signed on to helm Wolf Boys, a movie based on the real-life story of two American teens who get in over their head with a Mexican cartel.
Variety reports that Fuqua will produce and direct Wolf Boys, based on the book by Dan Slater. The story centers on two teens from the US who are recruited to work as hitmen for a Mexican cartel, and the Mexican-American detective who pursues them as he realizes that the War on Drugs is futile — that last bit sounds a little similar to themes explored in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, but with the recent re-capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and our collective ongoing struggle with the seeming hopelessness of the drug war, cartel stories are drawing more attention.
This isn’t the only new cartel-centric film in the works. Ridley Scott is also set to direct his own drug war movie — The Cartel, based on the book by Don Winslow — while Fuqua’s project has been described as similar to Goodfellas.
Fuqua is set to release The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, on September 23. He is also producing and will direct the pilot for CBS’ Training Day TV series.
Read More on Screencrush: Antoine Fuqua to Direct True-Life Cartel Story ‘Wolf Boys’