David Ayer in Talks for Scarface Remake

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It’s been a few months since we’ve had any updates on Universal’s upcoming “reimagining” of Scarface, which has been in search of a director ever since Antoine Fuqua dropped out back in February. Around the same time, we learned that Diego Luna had signed on to star, fresh off his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Last we heard, the two directors that were reported to have been in the running included David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Patriots Day). Now this week it appears that neither of those choices panned out and instead Universal has turned to a different filmmaker known for his gritty crime films. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Variety, David Ayer is in negotiations to direct a new version of Scarface for Universal Pictures. The new version will center on a Mexican immigrant who rises to power in Los Angeles, as opposed to the two previous iterations which featured an Italian immigrant in Chicago and a Cuban refugee in Miami. The script was originally penned by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) with The Coen Brothers also doing a recent rewrite.

It is unclear if Diego Luna will still be involved, but it’s easy to see why the studio would want David Ayer to direct. His previous films Harsh Times, Street Kings and End of Watch (not to mention Training Day, which he wrote) all took place in L.A., although they focused on cops instead of criminals. He is scheduled to start shooting Gotham City Sirens this summer, however, so that project may have to come first. Do you think David Ayer is a good choice to direct the new Scarface?

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