Antoine Fuqua Back in Talks to Direct Universal’s ‘Scarface’ Remake

     February 26, 2018


The saga of the Scarface remake continues. Universal Pictures has officially removed the long-developed project from the release calendar, and Deadline reports that The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua may be circling back to the film after dropping off early last year. Scarface was scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 10, 2018, and is now undated.

Per the report, Fuqua is back in early conversations with Universal to direct a new spin on the iconic crime story and “things are looking good as the negotiations get underway.” Further, it seems Scarface may loose its lead actor due to the scheduling shakeup. Rogue One star Diego Luna was circling the lead role, but is now uncertain thanks to possible scheduling conflicts that may come with the the altered production timeline.


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The film has had quite a rocky path to production so far. Harry Potter director David Yates was in talks to direct during the early days of the project, followed by Fuqua and Pablo Larrain (Jackie). Most recently, Suicide Squad director David Ayer was brought on board to direct and pen a new script for the remake, but he too dropped off the project last Spring with reports suggesting his version was “too dark” for Universal’s liking. A previous draft of the script was written by Joel and Ethan Coen. The most recent draft comes from the Coen brothers, Ayer, and Jonathan Herman.

The rags-to-riches crimes story has been transplanted from Miami to modern-day Los Angeles, and Fuqua would be ready to take on the project after he completes post-production on The Equalizer 2. The classic gangster tale has been brought to film twice before, first in the 1932 film from Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson, and again in the 1983 version directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, and starring Al Pacino.

No new release date has been set for Universal’s remake at this time.

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