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

The director of Suicide Squad is in early talks to direct the new Scarface film

The director of Suicide Squad is in early talks to direct the new Scarface film

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Diego Luna had been attached to star for a few months now, but Variety - who revealed the news of Ayer's flirtation with directing - says they're unsure if Luna is still involved at this stage. Despite Ayer most recently being known for Suicide Squad, he does have some experience with crime dramas with movies like Street Kings and End of Watch.

The 1983 version of Scarface nabbed $65.9 million at the worldwide box office which was a modest haul while the film was on its way to becoming an iconic title filled with dialogue which would not soon be forgotten. He wrote the screenplay for Training Day. This new movie is set within the El Sereno area of South Los Angeles, once home to the spin-off Fear the Walking Dead. Ayer doesn't make good movies exactly, but before getting derailed by DC, he made some pretty insane ones. Earlier drafts were written by Paul Attanasio and David Ayer.

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

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But that left Scarface and its star Diego Luna all alone with no director. Ayer is in post now on Netflix's Bright, the $90M Will Smith-Joel Edgerton pic scripted by Max Landis.

Universal has dated the Scarface remake for Friday, August 10, 2018. He is already in place to direct to Suicide Squad spinoff film Gotham City Sirens. 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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