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David Ayer apparently has a penchant for the ne’er-do-wells, as new reports indicate that the Suicide Squad director is in early talks to helm Universal Pictures’ Scarface remake.
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Antoine Fuqua, who worked with Ayer on 2001’s Training Day, was originally attached to direct the new Scarface, but left the project in January due to scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Equalizer sequel. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Diego Luna was previously attached to star, but there’s no word whether a casting change will accompany the new director.
Ayer is also set to direct Warner Bros.’ announced Suicide Squad spinoff Gotham City Sirens, which will see Margot Robbie reprise her role as Harley Quinn.
Based on a script by Terence Winter, and polished by Ethan and Joel Coen, the new Scarface is said to be a reimagining of the immigrant story originally told in both the 1932 and 1983 versions of the film. Instead of focusing on an Italian Immigrant in Chicago (like in the original) or a Cuban refugee in Miami (like in the 1983 remake), this version said to feature a Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles.
Scarface is targeted to arrive on Aug. 10, 2018.