Training eyes on TV

Fuqua frames small-screen projects with Fox

Feature film director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) is eyeing the small screen, sealing a one-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the pact, Fuqua will develop and direct new projects, as well as work on other development under the 20th Century Fox TV banner.

Fuqua’s most recent TV job was directing the Fox pilot “Murder Book” last spring. Although that project didn’t make it to series, studio execs said they were anxious to keep their relationship with the director going.

“Hands down, the ‘director of pilot season’ award went to him,” said 20th Century Fox TV prexy Dana Walden. “The work he did on ‘Murder Book’ was topnotch. It was beautifully shot, wit an interesting tone that is really difficult to achieve in 42 minutes. The film was just spectacular.”

Walden said the studio is setting up meetings between Fuqua and scribes with projects that have already been sold in order to see what he responds to.

“The goal is to put him together with one of the talented people we have on our roster of writers and see what kind of partnership we can facilitate,” she said.

Fuqua, for his part, said he enjoyed his time at 20th while working on the “Murder Book” pilot enough that he wanted to try his hand at developing more projects at the studio.

“They’re making meaningful programming there,” he said.

Fuqua’s head of TV development, Joshua Dragge, will help the director identify projects.

Fuqua’s other feature credits include “The Replacement Killers,” “Bait,” “Tears of the Sun” and “King Arthur.”

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