Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," "King Arthur") is in negotiations to direct "Prisoners" for Alcon Productions and Warner Bros. Pictures says Risky Biz Blog.
Aaron Guzikowski's spec script centers on a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, the man turns vigilante and starts an investigation of his own.
The likes of director Bryan Singer and actors like Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg have previously been attached to the project, but their involvement is now uncertain after the project was reconfigured for a lower $40 million budget.
The film is being fast-tracked with shooting to kick off early next year.