Helmer finds new feature 'Necessary'

A correction was made to this article on Aug. 25, 2005.

Paramount has tapped Antoine Fuqua to direct “By Any Means Necessary,” a contemporary action-adventure pic set up with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.

Project, based on a script by Dan Pyne (“The Manchurian Candidate”), centers on law enforcement turning to a jailed mobster to help prevent a possible terrorist attack. The original script was penned by Hilary Henkin.

Studio’s aiming to begin production early next year.

Fuqua’s in final negotiations for “By Any Means Necessary,” which would be his first project with Paramount. His helming credits include “Training Day,” “Tears of the Sun” and “King Arthur.”

Jeremy Steckler is exec producing. Par co-prexy of production Brad Weston is overseeing for the studio along with Michelle Raimo and Elizabeth Raposo.

Di Bonaventura recently reupped for a three-year, first-look deal at Paramount. His “Four Brothers” has taken in $43 million in its first 10 days of release for the studio.

Di Bonaventura’s also developing several other Par projects, including “Convoy,” “The Forger,” “G.I. Joe” and the untitled Transformers project, to be directed by Michael Bay and co-financed by DreamWorks.

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