David Ayer In Early Talks to Direct 'Scarface' Remake for Universal

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Diego Luna, who took on the role of Cassian Andor in Rogue One, will play the title character in this complete reworking of the tale, which first hit the big screen in 1932 as a classic gangster flick before Brian De Palma got his hands on it. Oliver Stone wrote the 1983 classic, with Al Pacino in the Diego Luna role.

Ayer's Warners/DC tentpole Suicide Squad grossed $745.6 million worldwide previous year, and his credits include Fury and End Of Watch.

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The 1983 version of Scarface earned $65.9 million worldwide. Ayer steps in for Antoine Fuqua, who couldn't fit it into his growing schedule. He's built a career on exploring them in movies like Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, and Dark Blue (all of which he wrote or co-wrote), along with Harsh Times and End of Watch (both of which he wrote and directed).

Universal and Ayer are just entering early talks, which could break down before anything is signed on the dotted line.

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Universal has dated the Scarface remake for Friday, August 10, 2018. The movie will be set in Los Angeles and will incorporate many modern elements into the mix.

An explosive reimagining of one of the most iconic sagas in film history, Universal Pictures' Scarface shoots from a script polished by four-time Academy Award winners Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo). So you can expect some oddball humor to seep in. He is set to direct the DC Films' Suicide Squad follow-up, Gotham City Sirens, staring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

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Dylan Clark of War for the Planet of the Apes is on board to produce the film with Scott Stuber of Netflix and the 1983 film's producer Martin Bregman.

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