‘Training Day’ and ‘Magnificent Seven’ helmer Antoine Fuqua has been set to direct a new film adaptation of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’.
Based on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning look at greed, family, death and sexual repression, sources have described the latest adaptation as combining elements of the play with new storylines and weaving them together to bring the production to the big screen.
“Bringing such a historic production to the screen is an honour I am thrilled to have alongside Stephen and Alia,” said Fuqua in a statement. “They have shown their commitment to the project with two successful stagings on Broadway and the West End and know what it takes to translate this iconic drama from theatre to cinema.”
The play has been adapted in 1958 with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman as Maggie and Brick, in 1984 it came to life once again in a made-for-tv movie and starred Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones and Rip Torn.
Fuqua will produce via his production company, Fuqua Films, and Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey will produce through their Front Row Productions.