Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures‘ Scarface remake has found a director in David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Street Kings, End of Watch), replacing the previously-attached Antoine Fuqua (who coincidentally helmed Ayer’s script for Training Day). Diego Luna (Rogue One, Blood Father) has been attached to play the title gangster, though it is unknown if he will stay on now that Ayer is attached.
The next film for Ayer will be his Netflix fantasy film Bright, starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace, which will drop on the streaming service in December. It is unknown if his commitment to Scarface will effect his work on DC Films’ Suicide Squad spin-off Gotham City Sirens.
An explosive reimagining of one of the most iconic sagas in film history, Universal Pictures’ Scarface shoots from a script polished by four-time Academy Award winners Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo). A Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, the drama will be produced by Marc Shmuger (Lucy), Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes series). Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 film, serves in the same capacity in the telling of this generation’s Scarface, which the studio first brought to the screen in 1932.
The first theatrical Scarface made it to theaters in 1932 from director Howard Hawks and told the story of an Irish immigrant’s rise to power as a gangster in 1920s Chicago. The film was famously remade in 1983, directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone with Al Pacino in the lead role, shifting the focus to a Cuban refugee rising to power as a gangster in 1980s Miami.
Universal has dated the Scarface remake for Friday, August 10, 2018.
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