Myriad recruits Fuqua to direct spy thriller

On heels of TV deal and 'Training' pic, helmer inks for CIA film

Antoine Fuqua has signed to direct an untitled spy thriller for Myriad Pictures, which will fully finance, produce and handle worldwide distribution rights.

Penned by Mark James, pic will center on two CIA agents — one or both of whom might work for the Russians — in a world of espionage.

Fuqua, whose Warner Bros. Pictures release “Training Day” recently enjoyed a second week at the top of the box office, could direct the Myriad project in late 2002. It would follow production of Revolution Studios’ untitled Bruce Willis thriller (aka “Man of War”), which is slated to begin production in February.

Myriad president of production Lucas Foster championed the project after working with Fuqua on the trailer for “Dangerous Minds” when Foster was president of Simpson/Bruckheimer.

“(Foster and I have) been trying to do something together for years,” Fuqua told Daily Variety. “This lets me create something of my own.”

Foster will executive produce the Fuqua project along with Myriad co-presidents Kirk D’Amico and Philip von Alvensleben. Fuqua and James are both repped by ICM.

Myriad is in pre-production on “Rain Falls” starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette and Miramax Films is slated to release the Myriad-produced “People I Know” starring Al Pacino next year.

Other recent Myriad credits include Miguel Arteta’s dark comedy, “The Good Girl,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Myriad also reps foreign rights on Artisan Entertainment’s “Van Wilder: Party Liaison” starring Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, which will unspool for buyers at London Screenings.

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