David Ayer Departs SCARFACE Remake

Written by Andrew Pollard Saturday, 15 July 2017

Movie News

The upcoming Scarface redo has run in to some problems, with director David Ayer having this week departed the project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Suicide Squad director has partied ways with Universal due to his script being too dark for what the studio was looking for. Given the often grim nature of the Scarface tale, logic would rationalise that you needed some sort of darkness involved. Regardless, Ayer’s vision reportedly had too much darkness for the powers that be. And before Ayer’s involvement, of course, Antoine Fuqua was attached to direct before he had to shoot off to get cracking on a sequel to The Equalizer.

In some good news for the redo, Rogue One’s Diego Luna is still on board to headline this new Scarface. Now, though, the focus is clearly on finding yet another new director.

Scarface was originally a 1932 movie from Howard Hawks, telling the story of an Irish immigrant rising to power in Chicago’s gangster-driven landscape. In 1983, Al Pacino famously starred in Brian De Palma’s Scarface, taking the original tale and changing it up for a 1980s Miami setting and focussing on a Cuban refugee. In this upcoming picture, the current word is that the film will have a West Coast Latino setting.

Up next for Ayer is the female-driven Gotham City Sirens, with the only confirmed cast member for that being Margot Robbie reprising her Harley Quinn role.

Expect to hear more on this latest Scarface remake as and when we get it.

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