Deadline reports Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in early talks to direct the upcoming Scarface reboot.
Peter Berg (Patriots Day) and David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water) had emerged as the frontrunners to direct in February following Antoine Fuqua’s exit from the project due to scheduling conflicts but it seems Ayer is now the hot choice after his super villain team-up flick Suicide Squad grossed $745.6 million at the global box office.
The Scarface reboot will be a reimagining not just of the 1983 remake, but the 1932 original as well. Rather than setting the story in Miami, the new Scarface will take place in Los Angeles following a Mexican immigrant rather than a Cuban.
Diego Luna is currently attached to star with the latest draft of the script penned by The Coen Brothers.
The Scarface reboot will be a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production. 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.
Executive vice president of production Jon Mone and VP of production Jay Polidoro will oversee for Universal.
The studio is eyeing to release the reimagining of the classic gangster pic on August 10, 2018.