EXCLUSIVE: Fox has attached The Equalizer helmer Antoine Fuqua to direct Narco Sub, the David Guggenheim-scripted thriller that has long been a priority project at the studio. It’s set in the dangerous world of drug smuggling, and the title refers to the semi-submersible crafts that South American drug cartels have been using to ship cocaine into the U.S. without having to deal with land-based authorities.
The pic will be produced by Scott Free’s Jules Daly, Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer and Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg. Elishia Holmes and Aditya Sood are exec producers. Kinberg had a hand in revising the script and Anthony Peckham as well. Fuqua is next directing Southpaw at The Weinstein Company, and his reteam with Training Day star Denzel Washington on The Equalizer has generated such strong buzz at Sony that a sequel is already in the works. Fuqua also is mulling The Magnificent Seven at MGM, but Narco Sub looks promising. Fuqua is repped by CAA.