Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven wasn’t a box office bomb but it wasn’t necessarily a huge hit either, pulling in $160 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. Ultimately it fell in line with Denzel Washington’s previous film The Equalizer, although it cost almost twice as much to make (partially because of the ensemble cast). Now both Denzel and Sony are placing a high priority on a sequel to The Equalizer and as a result it has become Antoine Fuqua’s next project. He was previously slated to direct a remake of Scarface, but now he has been forced to drop out. That project does, however, already have a star attached and this is the first time we are hearing about it. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Diego Luna is attached to star in the upcoming Scarface remake for Universal. The new version of Scarface will once again revolve around an immigrant who rises to power in the criminal underworld, however this time around it will be set in Los Angeles and will focus on a Mexican immigrant. Luna has now become a bankable star in the U.S. thanks to his recent role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, although he also appeared in such films as Contraband, Elysium and Milk.
The remake is aiming to start production this spring and they are already meeting with new directors to replace Fuqua. No word on who they might have in mind, but it’s interesting to note that Pablo Larrain (Jackie, No) was previously attached before Antoine Fuqua got involved. The latest draft of the script was written by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street). Are you looking forward to this new take on Scarface?