The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Suicide Squad director David Ayer has dropped out of negotiations to helm the new remake of the classic gangster pic Scarface.
According to the trade’s sources, Universal Pictures felt Ayer’s take on the script was “too dark” for what an insider called “the holy grail of contemporary gangster movies”.
The studio has struggled to lock a director in for the gig for some time. Ayer emerged in May as the hot choice following his super villain team-up flick Suicide Squad grossing $745.6 million at the global box office. Peter Berg (Patriots Day) and David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water) had were also previously in the running to direct following Antoine Fuqua’s exit from the project due to scheduling conflicts.
The new Scarface is 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 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 Scarface on August 10, 2018.
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