According to Variety, Paramount has tapped Antoine Fuqua to direct By Any Means Necessary, a contemporary action-adventure pic set up with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.

The project, based on a script by Dan Pyne (The Manchurian Candidate), centers on law enforcement turning to a jailed mobster to help prevent a possible terrorist attack. Studio's aiming to begin production early next year.

Fuqua's in final negotiations for By Any Means Necessary, which would be his first project with Paramount. His helming credits include Training Day, Tears Of The Sun and King Arthur.