You know Antoine Fuqua, right? He’s the guy who got a lot of attention for directing Training Day, and who keeps getting mentioned as the director of a possible Tupac Shakur biopic. Whether or not he will ever manage to get that Tupac production in front of the camera remains a mystery, but we do know about a new movie that he actually will make. Fuqua has been attached to helm Summit Entertainment’s new film Storming Las Vegas, which is an adaptation of a book about a real life casino robber named Jose Vigoa. Vigoa went on a crime spree during the 90s that lasted for 16 months and targeted some of Las Vegas’ most famous casinos.
The book that will serve as the source material was written by John Huddy, and its full title is “Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars.” While rampant cowardice and pervasive sensibility will lead to the title being shortened for a film release, reading the outlandishly long book title does give us a better sense of the particulars of the story.
It turns out that this Vigoa was some sort of commando, and it seems like he was pretty dang successful in his robberies. Also there’s something about a 23-year vet of the Vegas police force who was tasked with taking Fuqua and his gang down without letting their exploits hit the papers. Sounds like there’s some room here to cast big names as not only Vigoa, but also as the police man, and probably some pesky reporter that keeps snooping around. Fuqua showed that he had a flare for action in Training Day, so I think this project sounds like a good fit for him. And I can’t wait for the montage where all of the money and drugs and girls start rolling in. I love those montages. [Deadline Barstow]