A remake of Scarface is coming, and that might not be as bad a thing as some people think. Technically, this will be the second remake; the 1983 cocaine-fueled drama starring Al Pacino is a remake of the 1932 prohibition-era gangland noir classic. Martin Bregman produced the 1983 remake and will produce this version also which will retain the basic premise of a man (a Mexican immigrant this time around) who becomes a kingpin in his quest for the American Dream in modern-day Los Angeles. Originally, David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch) was set to write the script with David Yates (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Legend of Tarzan) being eyed to direct. Three years later, they were out and the studio was in negotiations with Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda) to direct, with Paul Attanasio (The Sum of All Fears, Donnie Brasco) on the script.
Last year, Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw) signed on to direct from a new script by Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, Get Rich or Die Tryin’), and all the pieces seemed to be in place. Then, Fuqua dropped out just as Diego Luna (Rogue One, Elysium) was cast as the lead due to scheduling conflicts. The studio handed scripting duties over to Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) with the Coen Brothers being hired on to polish his draft, but the project hadn’t found a replacement for Fuqua yet.
Two weeks ago, Deadline reported that David Ayer is now being sought for the job, ironically bringing his participation full circle. Initially gaining notariety for writing action crime film The Fast and The Furious and neo-noir crime thriller Training Day (ironically directed by Fuqua), he went on to direct a series of L.A.-based crime thrillers such as Harsh Times, Street Kings, End of Watch and Sabotage before switching genres for the WWII drama Fury and crossing over into big-budget comic book features with Suicide Squad. He has the urban fantasy film Bright with Will Smith premiering on Netflix in December and is working on a Suicide Squad spinoff titled Gotham City Sirens with Margot Robbie.
Scarface releases in theaters August 10, 2018.