Antoine Fuqua is once again in talks to direct a Scarface remake.
It is a project that’s long been in development, with Fuqua being attached to direct a third version of the classic film back in 2016. It was later reported last January that he’d exited the project due to wanting to focus on The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington.
Now, post-Equalizer, he’s back on for Scarface. The film, which had August 2018 release date that was rapidly approaching, is now undated by the studio.
Back in 2016, Fuqua had come on board to helm the project for the studio, directing from a script penned by Jonathan Herman (a rewrite of a previous drafts by Paul Attanasio and David Ayer), which will tell a new and original take on the immigrant story that will be set in present-day Los Angeles, and will explore an immigrant’s rise in the criminal underworld. After Fuqua exited, Ayer was going to direct but also dropped out after his schedule became crowded. The film will be produced by Dylan Clark through his Dylan Clark Productions, with Scott Stuber as exec producer, and Marty Bregman, who produced of the 1983 Scarface film with Al Pacino, is also onboard as a producer. The most recent script is from Ayer, Jonathan Herman and Joel and Ethan Coen.
Diego Luna, who was set to be the lead, is now uncertain to star due to scheduling conflicts.
Fuqua executive produces Fox’s new medical drama, The Resident, recently exec produced CBS’s Training Day series and directed Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven just a couple of years back.
Deadline broke the news of Fuqua being in talks, which was followed by a note NBC Universal sent to the press saying the film’s release is now undated.