SCARFACE May Get Exactly The Director It Deserves

Candice Alexander
May 19, 2017

David Ayer is in early talks to direct and write Universal's "Scarface" remake, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. This new take will follow the rise and fall of a Mexican gangster, giving it a whole new spin. This new version of the gangster thriller has shifted locations from Miami to Los Angeles, and Ayer knows the dirty, gritty streets of modern day well as any other current filmmaker.

Ayer is best known for directing Suicide Squad, as well as Fury, End of Watch, and the upcoming Netflix movie Bright. He is now directing and producing "Bright", which will also star Smith as well as Ike Barinholtz, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez. It is unknown if his commitment to Scarface will effect his work on DC Films' Suicide Squad spin-off Gotham City Sirens. It's the second remake of the immigrant drug lord classic: The first version of the film debuted in 1932, and was remade in 1983 by Brian DePalma, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. That film was one of the major reasons Hollywood instituted the Code of Decency. Hell or High Water director David MacKenzie and Patriots Day helmer Peter Berg were also at one point circling the project.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ("No Country for Old Men") had polished the most recent screenplay. Ayer has actually been linked to this movie for a while, as he was originally hired to write the script for the movie in 2011.

Dylan Clark of War for the Planet of the Apes is on board to produce the film with Scott Stuber of Netflix and the 1983 film's producer Martin Bregman. The film is now scheduled to debut in August 2018.

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