David Ayer Says Goodbye to the Scarface Remake

Posted 2017/07/12 0 0

The Scarface remake is once again looking for a new helmer.


According to Variety, the Suicide Squad director left Scarface because of scheduling issues with Universal, as the studio's plans to get the movie into production supposedly clashed with Ayer's Bright schedule. However, THR claims that Ayer's take on the Scarface remake was "too dark" for Universal, despite the fact that one would expect such a tone from a gangster movie like this. Ayer's tweet below confirms that time was indeed the main problem that popped up, though that still doesn't rule out the possibility that Universal didn't entirely agree with his vision.

Ayer marks the second director to drop out of the film, the other being Antoine Fuqua who was attached but left early this year due to scheduling conflicts. David MacKenzie and Peter Berg were also circling at one point before Ayer came onboard. Although studio bosses are now searching for a new director, the Scarface remake cast remains in place, with Diego Luna on board to play the cocaine crime boss.

An explosive reimagining of one of the most iconic sagas in film history, Universal Pictures’ Scarface will shoot from a script polished by four-time Academy Award winners Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo). A Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, the drama will be produced by Marc Shmuger (Lucy), Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes series). Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 film, serves in the same capacity in the telling of this generation’s Scarface, which the studio first brought to the screen in 1932.

The first theatrical Scarface made it to theaters in 1932 from director Howard Hawks and told the story of an Irish immigrant’s rise to power as a gangster in 1920s Chicago. The film was famously remade in 1983, directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone with Al Pacino in the lead role, shifting the focus to a Cuban refugee rising to power as a gangster in 1980s Miami.

The Scarface revamp is slated to hit U.S. theatres on 10 August, 2018.