Antoine Fuqua, whose upcoming western action movie The Magnificent Seven will serve as the Gala Opening Night Film of the Toronto Film Festival next month, is in talks with Universal to direct a re-imagining of Scarface. Yes, the “say hello to my lil friend” Scarface.
This would be the third iteration of the crime classic that Universal made in 1932 with director Howard Hawks and star Paul Muni and again in 1983 with director Brian De Palma and star Al Pacino.
Deadline reports that this latest version borrows the immigrant rags-to-riches story but presents it in contemporary Los Angeles. Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) wrote the most recent draft, and Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and David Ayer (End of Watch, Suicide Squad) wrote previous versions.
Fuqua has covered crime in several iterations including Training Day, The Equalizer and the upcoming Magnificent Seven and seems a strong match for the material. The movie also has some seasoned genre writers as well, so the project, which has been a priority for Universal, looks to be in good hands.