Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: The January Sale!
Try 3 issues of Empire magazine for just £1
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy And More In Talks For Ghostbusters
SNL players Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones working out deals
Chris Pratt Wanted As New Indiana Jones
Disney's got early plans...
Danny Boyle Locks In His Steve Jobs Cast
Katherine Waterston and more set as production boots up
Liam Hemsworth Offered The Lead In The Independence Day Sequel
He may fight the aliens in ID Forever
Mortem Tyldum Taking On Passengers
Imitation Game director set for sci-fi romance
Colin Firth Aboard World Yacht Race Drama
The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh will hoist the sails
Frank Grillo Haunted By Stephanie
He'll star in Akiva Goldsman's horror thriller
Tom Hardy Hunts A Killer In The Child 44 Trailer
But how do you solve a crime the state won't acknowledge?
It'll Be A Wet Hot American Summer At Netflix
UPDATE: Now with added teaser
Emma Roberts Hits A Nerve
Dave Franco also on for the thriller
Tate Taylor Sails To USS Indianapolis Project
He'll swim with sharks for producer Robert Downey Jr.
New Poster For Jason Statham's Wild Card
Punching Las Vegas
Josh Trank And Simon Kinberg Talk Fantastic Four Trailer
The director and writer/producer add FFuel to the FFire
The First Trailer For Josh Trank's Fantastic Four Reboot Arrives
Flame on!
Exclusive: New Ant-Man Still Arrives
Scott Lang hits the shower
Daniel Brühl's Captain America: Civil War Role Revealed
Sound the spoiler klaxon!
Anthony Mackie And Olivia Wilde Let It Snow
Alongside Marisa Tomei in the festive caper
Eli Roth's Knock Knock Hits Sundance
Keanu and Utah are reunited
Fox Planning Live-Action X-Men TV Series
The mutants could be headed to the small screen
Edgar Wright Submits Dodge And Twist Screenplay
Redrafting the steampunk Oliver
Mission: Impossible 5 Moved Up To July
Christopher McQuarrie will deliver a little earlier than expected...
David Tennant Will Be Zebediah Kilgrave
In Marvel/Netflix's A.K.A. Jessica Jones
Emma Watson Signs For Beauty And The Beast
She'll be director Bill Condon's guest
Chris Weitz Hired For Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Stand-Alone
He'll write the new draft of the script
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
05 December 2014
Chris Pratt In Early Talks For The Magnificent Seven
The remake. He doesn't have a time machine. OR DOES HE?
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Equalizer (2014)
Empire Star Rating
2 Guns (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Flight (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Flight (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Safe House (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Denzel Washington To Direct Fences
Exclusive: On the drama and Safe House 2

31 January 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Exclusive

submit to reddit

Denzel Washington, Safe House

When Empire's podcast team sat down to talk Flight with Denzel Washington and director Robert Zemeckis, the result was a fascinating, wide-ranging chat about their Oscar-nominated drama. But Washington also shared some news about two projects that look likely to occupy him in the near future, including the mooted Safe House sequel/prequel and a third directorial project to follow up Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters.

First up, does he plan to step up his directorial output as he gets older? "Absolutely. [But] the more I say I want to direct, the more Flights show up! I love the theatre, directing is my second love and acting is my third, and I want to do all three."

Lined up, Washington revealed, is a combination of the three: an adaptation of August Wilson's stage play Fences. The play tackles the story of Troy Maxon, a Pittsburgh sanitation employee who once dreamt of a baseball career only to be left facing down daily discrimination in a more menial line of work, while grappling with his lost ambitions.

Fences
Denzel Washington on stage in Fences with Viola Davis

It's a role first made famous by James Earl Jones and Washington himself, with the latter picking up a Tony for after a 12 week Broadway run in 2010. "It reawakened me about the work, and my commitment to the work. I said to myself: 'I've got to dig deeper'. The reason I did Fences is that Scott Rudin sent me the script August Wilson wrote - the only one of his plays that he wrote as a screenplay - to act and direct. I really do want to direct this." (click to the 00:29:51 mark below)

He was more circumspect about the planned Safe House 2, an -equel that the thriller's screenwriter David Guggenheim is currently working on. [Spoiler warning] "They're writing it but... hmm... we'll see." Well, isn't he technically dead? "That's what I said. I said: 'I think he's dead.'" (Skip to 00:15:00)

Safe House did a respectable $202m worldwide; enough to persuade studio execs to greenlight a second dose of off-the-grid spy business. Washington also quashed rumours linking Nicolas Winding Refn with The Equalizer reboot: "We met with him but he's not attached."

 
Flight is out on February 1.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Kathleen Kennedy Talks Star Wars
On JJ Abrams and George Lucas
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

I didn't think Safe House was that great a movie, so I'm surprised it's getting a sequel. More

Posted by BenTramer at 16:20 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Jessica Chastain Takes The IMDbunker
The Most Violent Year star takes our most random quiz

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Fables: A Primer
An introduction to Bill Willingham’s wonderfully dark fairy-tale world

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)