Antoine Fuqua May Be Storming Las Vegas

Attached to a real-life heist tale

Antoine Fuqua May Be Storming Las Vegas

by James White |
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He already has a fair few projects bubbling away in his development cooker, but **Brooklyn's Finest **director Antoine Fuqua is not done picking possible movies out of Hollywood’s larder. He’s now attached to Summit’s adaptation of John Huddy’s book Storming Las Vegas.

To give it its full title (deep breath here), Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armoured Cars, and Millions of Dollars, the book follows the rags-to-riches story of Jose Vigoa, who has been described as a modern-day Robin Hood.

Born in Cuba, Vigoa was a Soviet army veteran who arrived in Vegas during the ‘90s, when the casinos were trying to push a cleaner image. He and his gang pulled off a violent, 16-month crime wave that saw him hit some of the biggest casinos and get away with millions. But because the businesses didn’t want word of the crimes to damage their brand, a veteran Vegas police officer was told to track him down and keep the incidents out of the papers.

Summit is working with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura on the movie, and Fuqua will add it to his list of possible jobs. He’s also busy trying to get action thriller **The Tomb **up and running alongside films about Pablo Escobar and boxing drama Southpaw, which may end up starring Eminem.

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