According to Variety, Antoine Fuqua left the director’s chair. Sources reveal that the studio is now very close to landing a new helmer.
Diego Luna, who starred in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” had been attached to play the role made famous by Al Pacino in Brian De Palma’s classic, but it’s unknown at this time whether he will still topline, now that the project is courting a new director.
According to Colider, this isn’t the first brush with Scarface for Ayer, however; back in 2011, he was going to take a crack at the script.
Based on a script by Terence Winter, and polished by Ethan and Joel Coen, the new Scarface is said to be a reimagining of the immigrant story originally told in both the 1932 and 1983 versions of the film. Instead of focusing on an Italian Immigrant in Chicago (like in the original) or a Cuban refugee in Miami (like in the 1983 remake), this version said to feature a Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles.
Ayer, who is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer, is heading to computer screens everywhere with the Netflix fantasy movie Bright, starring Will Smith. He is also attached to a Warner’s remake of the western The Wild Bunch and to re-team with his Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie for Gotham City Sirens, which will be lead by Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Scarface tells the story of the rise and fall of a gangster, which has seen previous versions made in 1932 and 1983, the latter of which came from director Brian De Palma and starred Al Pacino.