ArtFilm / TV

a movie about fred hampton’s assassination is in the works

May 10, 2017

Director Antoine Fuqua (‘Training Day’, ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’) is working on a film about the life and murder of Black Panther leader, Fred Hampton. Based on the 2009 book ‘The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther’, by Jeffrey Haas and adapted by Chris Smith, Fuqua’s film will ground itself in Hampton’s 1969 murder where the 21-year-old chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party was shot dead in his bed (next to his pregnant girlfriend) by the Chicago PD and FBI. At the time, his death was ruled as “justified” homicide, but a 12-year civil suit by Hampton’s surviving relatives resulted in a $1.85 million settlement in 1982.

The untitled project is part of a first-look deal Fuqua recently signed with Sony Pictures, a deal that also includes the upcoming ‘The Equalizer 2’ with Denzel Washington.

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