Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Magnificent Seven) will direct and produce a film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which is based on the 2008 Broadway production with an all-black cast.
Broadway producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey are also on board the project.
The 2008 staging made history with a sold out 19-week run as the first African-American production of the Broadway classic and the biggest grossing of the season. Fuqua will produce the film through his production company Fuqua Films and Byrd & Jones-Harvey through Front Row Productions.
The casting was not announced.
The 2008 Broadway production, directed by Debbie Allen, starred Terrence Howard making 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 with new storylines.
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“It’s an honor to bring such a historic production to screen and I’m really excited to have it alongside Stephen and Alia,” said Fuqua. “They showed their commitment to the project with two successful productions on Broadway and in the West End and they know what it takes to translate this iconic drama from theater to cinema.”
The Broadway production also featured in a successful production in London’s West End, where it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play Revival. The 20-week production was played to a sold-out audience that was largely new in the West End, according to producers (a study conducted by the theater owner found that 78 percent of buyers were new visitors).
“We are committed to producing groundbreaking, high-profile work on both Broadway and London’s West End with iconic plays and we hope to recreate that as a film with Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” the producers said in a joint statement. “We’re excited to bring this classic Tennessee Williams piece back to life in a new iteration with the acclaimed Antoine Fuqua at the helm.”
Fuqua’s films include Training Day, The Magnificent Seven, and The Equalizer. He generates content for film and television through his production company Fuqua Films. Most recently, he was the director and executive producer of the documentary What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali for HBO and produced Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn with Laurence Fishburne and Stephan James. The series won the NAACP Image Award in 2021. Fuqua’s next film is Paramount’s Infinite with Mark Wahlberg.
Fuqua is represented by LBI Entertainment and Matt Johnson and Brian Lazarus at Ziffren Brittenham. Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey will be re-listed by Darrell D Miller at Fox Rothschild, LLP.