Antoine Fuqua is working on a film about the life of Fred Hampton who led the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party was the national deputy chairman. Hampton was fatally shot by the Chicago Police and FBI while sleeping in his bed during a raid in 1969. The shooting was ruled as a justifiable homicide and the family won a civil lawsuit in 1982 for $1.85 million. Fuqua has wanted to make a film about Hampton for a long time and the script written by Chris Smith is based on Jeffrey Haas’ book The Assassination Of Fred Hampton: How The FBI And Chicago Police Murdered A Black Panther.
The film is part of a first-look deal Fuqua has with Sony Pictures and The Equalizer 2 is the first project. Denzel Washington will join him again in the action movie reboot that will be released September 14th, 2018.