Antoine Fuqua Lands STORMING LAS VEGAS

Helmer continues to add to his future slate.

‘Training Day’ director Antoine Fuqua has been hired to direct the heist drama ‘Storming Las Vegas,’ reports Deadline. The movie is an adaptation of John Huddy’s non-fiction book, which goes by the full title of ‘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.’

The title pretty much sums it up, but for those that want more, the book tells the rags-to-riches story of Cuban-born Jose Vigoa. A commando veteran of the Soviet army, Vigoa found his way to his way to Vegas in the 1990s, at a time when casinos were trying to embrace a squeaky clean, family-friendly image. Vigoa and his crew embarked on a violent 16-month crime wave that targeted some of the Vegas’ most prominent casinos. However, they were pitted against 23-year vet of the Vegas police force, Lt. John Alamshaw, who was set the task of tracking down the thieves without letting the story make the papers and spoil Vegas’ new image.

It is unknown if Fuqua, who last directed 2009’s ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ will make ‘Storming Las Vegas’ his next. The director’s future projects include the boxing drama ‘Southpaw’ with Eminem, ‘The Tomb’ which has Arnold Schwarzenegger in line to star and an untitled Tupac Shakur biopic. The director also has the action sci-fi ‘Afterburn’ with Gerard Butler on his future slate.