David Ayer in Talks to Direct The Scarface Remake

Posted 2017/05/20 0 0

David Ayer is set to replace Antoine Fuqua as director on the “Scarface” remake at Universal Pictures.


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. Should Ayer’s deal close for Scarface, it will continue to add talent to the project. Outside of Luna’s involvement and rising stardom thanks to Rogue One, the movie also received a rewrite from four-time Academy Award winners Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo). Ayer could always come in and change this version, but if the rewrite is based at all on his previous concept, then it should be an easier process for Ayer to feel comfortable enough to direct the script as-is.

The search for the Scarface director has been a long one. Antoine Fuqua, who worked with Ayer on 2001’s Training Day, was originally attached to direct the new Scarface, but left the project in January due to scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Equalizer sequel. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Diego Luna was previously attached to star, but there’s no word whether a casting change will accompany the new director.

The new “Scarface,” will be produced by Dylan Clark for his Dylan Clark Productions and Scott Stuber. Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 original, will return to produce again. The studio first bought rights to “Scarface” in 1932. Exec VP of production Jon Mone and VP of production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal. The film is set to bow on August 10, 2018.

After directing the Warner Bros. anti-hero ensemble Suicide Squad, Ayer is heading to computer screens everywhere with the Netflix fantasy movie Bright, starring Will Smith. He is also attached to a Warner's remake of the western The Wild Bunch and to re-team with his Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie for Gotham City Sirens, which will be lead by Robbie's Harley Quinn.