Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua previously dropped out due to scheduling conflicts

By Joey Nolfi
May 19, 2017 at 01:16 PM EDT
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David Ayer could be saying hello to Universal’s Scarface reboot.

EW has confirmed the studio is in early negotiations with the Suicide Squad director, who is being courted to oversee production on the upcoming project. Deadline first reported the news.

The film will play as a new take on the gangster story, which is based on Armitage Trail’s 1930 novel of the same name. Trail’s work was adapted for the big screen by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson in 1932 and later by Brian De Palma in the 1983 Al Pacino-starring, Oliver Stone-penned classic.

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Though it was a critical disappointment (it tallied a lowly average score of 40/100 on Metacritic), Ayer’s Suicide Squad was a massive financial hit for Warner Bros., grossing $325.1 million domestically and $420.5 million overseas on top of winning an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling in February.

The film’s success led the studio to sign the director and star Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn in the comic book actioner, for a female-centric spinoff titled Gotham City Sirens, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet penning the tale’s script, which reportedly revolves around the exploits of DC vilenesses Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.

EW previously confirmed Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua, who had originally been sought by the studio to direct the reimagining of Scarface, exited the project due to scheduling issues. Joel and Ethan Coen have penned the film’s script, with Diego Luna attached to star. Marc Shmuger Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, and Martin Bregman — who also produced the 1983 version — are producing.

Universal’s planned Scarface flick is scheduled to hit theaters in August 2018.


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