Diego Luna (Rogue One) is attached to star in the film, which remains without a director at the moment in the wake of Antoine Fuqua’s recent exit to focus on The Equalizer sequel at Sony.
Original Scarface producer Martin Bregman will produce with Marc Shmuger of Global Produce and Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films. Universal executives Jon Mone and Jay Polidoro will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Universal will release the new Scarface on Aug. 10, 2018, when it had previously scheduled an untitled event movie. The studio previously released Straight Outta Compton to eye-popping numbers in early August. Scarface has been knocked around a bit in development but having the Coens’ name on the title page of the script should help Universal attract a top-tier director.
As much as I’d love to see Denis Villeneuve tackle this material, either of the three men responsible for Hell or High Water — director David Mackenzie, producer Peter Berg and writer-turned-director Taylor Sheridan — would also make for strong choices. Mackenzie and Berg are rumored to be the frontrunners for the coveted gig, and I don’t think Universal can go wrong with either choice.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mackenzie chased the job but was passed over in favor of Fuqua, though that was before Hell or High Water impressed the hell out of audiences, critics and the Academy. Still, Berg has a relationship with the studio due to Lone Survivor and Battleship, and interestingly enough, he was the one who hired Mackenzie to direct Hell or High Water.
The Coen brothers are no strangers to high-profile polish jobs, having previously fine-tuned the scripts for Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. The Fargo siblings also wrote George Clooney’s upcoming thriller Suburbicon. They’re represented by UTA.
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