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Helmer Fuqua plans ‘Man’

Revolution enlists director for Willis, Bellucci starrer 'War'

NEW YORK — Fresh off directing Denzel Washington in Warner Bros.’ “Training Day,” which will unspool at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, Antoine Fuqua has been tapped to helm Revolution Studios’ “Man of War.”

Pic will star Bruce Willis and Italian thesp Monica Bellucci (“Malena”). Producers are Arnold Rifkin, via his and Willis’ Cheyenne Enterprises, along with Mike Lobell. Revolution execs saw an early cut of Fuqua’s “Training Day,” which won him the “Man of War” gig.

“Man of War,” slated for a February start, will feature Willis as the leader of a special military unit ordered into the African jungle on a rescue mission.

Rifkin and Willis struck a five-year, first-look deal with Joe Roth’s Sony-based Revolution Studios last fall. “Man of War” will be financed through Revolution and its partners; pic will be distributed by Sony.

Fuqua, repped by ICM, helmed the Castle Rock/Warner Bros. Jamie Foxx starrer “Bait.” He also directed “The Replacement Killers,” which starred Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino.

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