Universal Pictures’ remake of the 1932 classic, Scarface, is looking for a new director. According to a new report, David Ayer followed a string of filmmakers who dropped out of the project since it was announced in 2011.
Scarface Remake On Hold
The project has been in development hell for years now, but not much progress has been made. The movie has gone through several filmmakers like Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer), Pablo Larrain (Jackie) and David Yates (Harry Potter) in its early stages of development, but none of it worked out. David McKenzie and Peter Berg were also attached to the project at one point.
Ayer was then hired to not only direct but also pen a new screenplay that will take the action away from Miami and into Los Angeles.
However, according to an insider who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has parted ways with Ayer because the script he wrote was “too dark” for the studio’s liking.
Considering the movie’s subject matter, it comes as a surprise that Ayer’s take on the iconic gangster story was “too dark.” As the insider claimed, Scarface was the “holy grail of contemporary gangster movies” therefore requires a certain amount of darkness to tell a compelling story.
Ayer is best known for directing Suicide Squad, a movie that became a commercial success and even went on to win an Academy Award for Makeup and Hairstyling. Prior to landing the coveted comic book movie, he received acclaim for his work in Training Day and End of Watch, both of which are characterized by the kind of grit that would go well with Scarface.
Hearing that Universal does not want to go too dark for its new version of the gangster movie is quite worrisome because, as Collider pointed out, it risks creating a “lame anti-hero” that the audience can root for. Even if Scarface is a movie that practically everyone knows and love, a tamer version would unlikely cause criticism.
But before everyone brings out their pitchforks and attack Universal, Variety did report that Ayer’s departure from the project was not due to any creative differences with the studio. Instead, the filmmaker has his hands tied to different projects that will keep him busy for the next couple of months.
The publication revealed that Ayer will be busy for the upcoming release of Bright, a fantasy movie that will star Will Smith as a human cop forced to work with an orc to find a dangerous weapon. Ayer, of course, has already worked with Smith in Suicide Squad where the latter played the role of popular comic book villain, Deadshot.
Bright will be released on Netflix this December. Watch the trailer below:
While he is no longer involved in Suicide Squad 2, Ayer is also set to reunite with Margot Robbie in Gotham City Sirens, a movie that will see Harley Quinn team-up with Catwoman and Poison Ivy to survive the criminal world of Gotham. If rumors are true, the upcoming female-led movie will start filming later this year and will be released some time in 2018.
Scarface Remake To Start Filming By Fall?
Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is still onboard to play the role of Tony Montana, the titular West Coast Latino gangster. Universal is in a hurry to replace Ayer so that production will be up and running by fall.
Martin Bregman, who also produced the 1983 remake, was also onboard to produce the new movie. Dylan Clark will also produce under his own studio, Dylan Clark Productions.