The man behind last year’s Suicide Squad — David Ayer — is currently in talks with Universal to direct and rewrite their reimagining of SCARFACE, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Rogue One actor Diego Luna, who has been attached to the project for some time, is still set to star.
Previously, Antoine Fuqua had been in the director’s seat for the film, but he stepped down earlier in the year, and the Coen brothers did the most recent polish on the screenplay.
In this new take, the core immigrant story present in both the 1932 and 1983 films is once more at the heart, but this time it’s set in Los Angeles. Regardless of opinions on remakes, it’s hard to argue that the story of Scarface isn’t timely to bring back to the public right now in a new and more relevant depiction.
The film will be produced by Dylan Clark for his Dylan Clark Productions and Scott Stuber. The original producer of the 1983 film, Martin Bregman, will also produce. Jon Mone, EVP of production, and Jay Polidoro, VP of production, will oversee for the studio, while Brian Williams will oversee production.
Beyond Suicide Squad, Ayer is the director behind gritty films such as Fury and End of Watch. He recently completed the Netflix film Bright starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. He’s repped by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor