Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

David Ayer In Early Talks to Direct 'Scarface' Remake for Universal

David Ayer In Early Talks to Direct 'Scarface' Remake for Universal

Originally, Antoine Fuqua was supposed to direct, but he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

Ayer's Warners/DC tentpole Suicide Squad grossed $745.6 million worldwide past year, and his credits include Fury and End Of Watch. He grew up in East Los Angeles. And he once notoriously pulled a gun on his assistant for breaking a vase in his personal office over in Silverlake back in the mid-2000s, after he gained some acclaimed for his Training Day screenplay. He is set to direct the DC Films' Suicide Squad follow-up, Gotham City Sirens, staring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. He is now directing and producing "Bright", which will also star Smith as well as Ike Barinholtz, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez.

Scarface, which is set for an August 2018 release, will be "a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 film versions", according to Deadline. That film was one of the major reasons Hollywood instituted the Code of Decency.

In any case, Ayer directing a Scarface remake sounds like a flawless marriage of material and filmmaker. Hell or High Water director David MacKenzie and Patriots Day helmer Peter Berg were also at one point circling the project.

Universal and Ayer are just entering early talks, which could break down before anything is signed on the dotted line. The film is now scheduled to debut in August 2018. Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark will produce the film with Marty Bregman, producer of the 1983 Scarface from director Brian De Palma returning to produce as well.

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