Antoine Fuqua

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Antoine Fuqua
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Fuqua at the 2016 TIFF
Born (1966-01-19) January 19, 1966 (age 51)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Film director, film producer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Lela Rochon (1999–present)
Children 3

Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director and producer. Initially active as a music video director, he has worked primarily in the action and thriller film subgenres, and is best known for his 2001 Academy Award-winning film Training Day.

Life and career

Fuqua was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Carlos and Mary Fuqua. He is the nephew of record producer and executive Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows. After going to school for electrical engineering, with the hope of going on to fly jets in the military,[1] Fuqua began his career directing music videos for popular artists such as Toni Braxton, Coolio, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. From 1998 onwards, he began directing feature films, although he has worked on a few music videos since then.

His first feature film was the John Woo-produced action film The Replacement Killers (1998), starring Chow Yun Fat. He then directed the crime thriller Training Day (2001), for which star Denzel Washington won an Academy Award for Best Actor. His next films were the action war drama Tears of the Sun (2003), the Arthurian legend film King Arthur (2004), the conspiracy action thriller Shooter (2007), the crime film Brooklyn's Finest (2010), and the action thrillers Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and The Equalizer (2014), the latter of which pairs Fuqua with Denzel Washington again. His most recent film is the action Western The Magnificent Seven (2016).

He co-created the comic-book miniseries After Dark with Wesley Snipes, which was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Jeff Nentrup.[2]

Fuqua was scheduled to direct Prisoners,[3] based on a storybook from Aaron Guzikowski, but left the project.[4] He was slated to direct Tupac Shakur's official biopic.[5] The project was postponed to allow Fuqua to direct rapper Eminem's second feature film, Southpaw.[6] However, Eminem put Southpaw on hold to focus on music,[7] and was replaced with Jake Gyllenhaal.

In 2010, CBS Films hired Fuqua to direct a new movie based on a Vince Flynn novel, Consent to Kill.[8] In May 2014, 20th Century Fox set Fuqua to direct a drug-smuggling thriller film Narco Sub, which is scripted by David Guggenheim.[9]

In March 2011, Fuqua signed on to direct a film featuring the romantic love story between Consort Yang Yuhuan and Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang dynasty.[10][11] As reported in March 2013, he has stated that he was awaiting the film project to go through the appropriate Chinese government channels before directing the historical epic film, currently known as The Tang Dynasty.[12]

In 2016, Fuqua directed The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the 1960 Western of the same name and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, on which the Western was based. This was the third of Fuqua's films starring Denzel Washington, who plays the lead role of Sam Chisolm.[13] He was also the executive producer of the 2016 television remake of Roots.

Personal life

In 1998, actress Lela Rochon and he were engaged, and they married on April 9, 1999.[14] Daughter Asia Rochon Fuqua was born on July 28, 2002, followed by son Brando in May 2004. Fuqua has a son, Zachary, from a previous relationship.

When asked by the BBC in September 2014 if he believes in God, Fuqua said: "Absolutely. I believe in God, absolutely."[15]


Year Title Notes
1998 Replacement Killers, TheThe Replacement Killers
2000 Bait
2001 Training Day
2003 Tears of the Sun
2004 King Arthur
2007 Shooter
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Also executive producer
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Also producer
2014 The Equalizer
2015 Southpaw Also producer
2016 The Magnificent Seven also executive producer
2018 The Equalizer 2

Music videos



  • Inside Out IV (1992)
  • Usher Live (1999)
  • From Toni with Love: The Video Collection (2001)
  • Lightning in a Bottle (2004)
  • Murder Book (2005)

Frequent collaborators


Critical, commercial, and audience reception to films Fuqua has directed:

Film Rotten Tomatoes[18] Metacritic[19] CinemaScore[20] Budget Box office[21]
The Replacement Killers 36% 42 B- $30 million $19.2 million
Bait 26% 39 A- $51 million $15.47 million
Training Day 72% 70 B+ $45 million $104.9 million
Tears of the Sun 33% 48 A- $75 million $86.5 million
King Arthur 32% 46 B $120 million $203.6 million
Shooter 48% 53 B+ $61 million $95.7 million
Brooklyn's Finest 43% 43 C $17 million $36.4 million
Olympus Has Fallen 48% 41 A- $70 million $161 million
The Equalizer 61% 57 A- $55 million $192.3 million
Southpaw 60% 57 A $25 million $92 million
The Magnificent Seven 63% 54 A- $90 million $134.5 million


  1. ^ nthWORD Magazine Archived May 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., April, 2010
  2. ^ "Cover Artwork for After Dark Comic Issues No. 0 and #1". DreadCentral. 
  3. ^ Eugene Driscoll. "750 Extras Needed For 'Prisoners'". Valley Independent Sentinel. 
  4. ^ "Missing Star Causes 'Prisoners' Delay". BloodyDisgusting. 
  5. ^ Production On Tupac Film To Begin This Spring Archived September 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. AllHipHop.
  6. ^ "Eminem's boxing movie may delay the Tupac Shakur biopic yet again". AV Club. June 7, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Eminem cancels Southpaw". Archived from the original on May 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Antoine Fuqua Helming Consent to Kill". ComingSoon. 
  9. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (30 May 2014). "Antoine Fuqua Attached To Fox Drug Trafficking Thriller 'Narco Sub'". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  10. ^ ""Training Day" director to tell Chinese love story". China Cultural Industries. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ Chu, Karen (March 27, 2011). "Antoine Fuqua to direct Chinese concubine romance". Reuters. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Toro, Gabe (11 March 2013). "Antoine Fuqua Says '24' Movie Is Dead, Still Waiting On The Script For Tupac Shakur Biopic". Indiewire. 
  13. ^ "'Magnificent Seven' Director On Staying True To The Original Film's Message" (Interview with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air). Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  14. ^ "Lela Rochon". Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  15. ^ Hennigan, Adrian (24 September 2014). "Calling The Shots: Antoine Fuqua". BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  16. ^ Fuqua, Antoine. "Mint Condition - "Nobody Does It Betta"". music video. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  17. ^ "Ladae - "Deep Down"". music video credits. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  18. ^ "ANTOINE FUQUA". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Antoine Fuqua". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Cinemascore". Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Antoine Fuqua Movie Box Office". Retrieved September 22, 2016. 

External links

  • Antoine Fuqua on IMDb
  • Hollywood Reporter story on upcoming The Notorious B.I.G. film (from 2005)
  • On Directing with Antoine Fuqua[permanent dead link] nthWORD Magazine Interview by Gina Ponce, April 2010
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