Antoine Fuqua To Direct ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ Film With Black Cast

Written by on April 21, 2021

(Deadline) – Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Magnificent Seven) will direct and produce a film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof based on the 2008 Broadway production featuring an all-Black cast.

The Broadway producers Stephen C. Byrd & Alia Jones-Harvey are also aboard the project.

The 2008 staging made history with a sold-out 19-week run as the first all African-American production of the Broadway classic as well as the biggest grossing play during that season. Fuqua will produce the film via his production company, Fuqua Films, and Byrd & Jones-Harvey through Front Row Productions.

Casting has not been announced.

The 2008 Broadway production, directed by Debbie Allen, starred Terrence Howard in his Broadway debut alongside Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones.  The film version will combine elements of the classic play with new storylines.

Fuqua’s film credits include Training Day, The Magnificent Seven and The Equalizer. Through his production company, Fuqua Films, he generates content for both film and television. Most recently, he directed and executive produced the documentary What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali for HBO, and produced Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn, starring Laurence Fishburne and Stephan James. The series won a 2021 NAACP Image Award. Fuqua’s next film is Paramount’s Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg.

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