Scarface Remake Targets Training Day Director Antoine Fuqua
After taking the helm of The Equalizer and this year's highly-anticipated The Magnificent Seven, filmmaker Antoine Fuqua has come aboard to direct yet another high-profile remake. The filmmaker has entered talks with Universal Pictures to direct their new version of Scarface. Filmmaker Pablo Larrain had been attached to direct back in 2014, but he is no longer involved.
Deadline reports that Antoine Fuqua is in negotiations to direct this project, which would mark the third different incarnation of this story. The original Scarface hit theaters in 1932, starring Paul Muni as Chicago gangster Tony Camonte. Al Pacino starred as Tony Montana in the iconic 1983 remake, which shifted the story to Miami. This new version will be set in modern-day Los Angeles.
The last update we had on this project was back in March 2015, when Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman came aboard to write the screenplay. Paul Attanasio and Suicide Squad writer-director David Ayer had written earlier drafts of the script, but it isn't known if this latest script incorporates anything from the previous drafts. David Yates (The Legend of Tarzan, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) was also attached to direct at one point in 2013.
Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce alongside Marty Bregman, who produced the 1983 Scarface reboot. No production schedule has been given, and it isn't known when production may begin, or if Universal is targeting a release date yet or not. Antoine Fuqua most recently directed last year's boxing drama Southpaw, and his Magnificent Seven remake hits theaters on September 23. He directed the classic cop drama Training Day back in 2001, which won Denzel Wasington an Oscar for Best Actor.
The iconic 1983 Scarface made $44.6 million during its domestic run in 1983, which would be the equivalent of a $118.1 million release today. The movie went on to become a cultural sensation in the years that followed, with the classic returning to the big screen back in 2011, to celebrate the movie's debut on Blu-ray. It isn't known when casting may begin, so be sure to stay tuned for more on who may be playing the new Tony Montana in Universal's Scarface reboot.