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Director David Ayer Departs ‘SCARFACE’ Remake

July 13, 2017

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David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Street Kings, End of Watch) has departed as a director on Universal Pictures’ Scarface remake after being attached for less than two months. Apparently, Universal has an aggressive schedule for the film and Ayer’s commitment to finish and publicize Netflix’s Bright is the reason for his exit. Diego Luna (Rogue One, Blood Father) is still attached to play the title gangster.

This isn’t the only departure. Before Ayer, Antoine Fuqua was previously attached, but also departed due to schedule conflicts with The Equalizer 2. Ayer’s next film is Netflix’s fantasy film Bright, starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace, which will be released on the streaming site in December. He also has DC Films’ Suicide Squad spinoff Gotham City Sirens in development.

Universal’s plans for the remake is making an explosive reimagining of one of the most iconic sagas in film history. The script is polished by four-time Academy Award winners Joel & Ethan Cone. A Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, the drama will be produced by Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 film, will also produce the remake.

Scarface was released back in 1932 and directed by Howard Hawks, it tells the story of an Irish immigrant’s rise to power as a gangster in 1920s Chicago. The film had a remake in 1983, directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone with Al Pacino in the leading role, but shifting the focus to a Cuban refugee rising to power as a gangster in 1980s Miami.

Universal plans to release their Scarface remake for Friday, August 10, 2018.

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