David Ayer Parts Ways With ‘Scarface’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

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Universal’s new take on the “Scarface” series looks to have hit another bump in the road — sources tell Variety that director David Ayer has left the project.

Ayer had taken over for Antoine Fuqua who had to leave due to scheduling issues with his sequel to the “Equalizer.”

Sources say Ayer’s schedule with his upcoming release of Netflix’s “Bright,” which stars Will Smith, and the studio’s aggressive schedule to get the film off the ground forced the split.

The studio still has Diego Luna on board to star, and are currently working fast to find a director who can take over the project, and hopefully get it up and running by this fall.

Dylan Clark is producing through his Dylan Clark Production banner along with Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 original. The studio first bought rights to “Scarface” in 1932.

Exec VP of production Jon Mone and VP of production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal.

The film is set to open on August 10, 2018.

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  1. harry georgatos says:

    Get Oliver Stone!

  2. Lucky says:

    Dang, this project was steering Ayer away from Gotham City Sirens, which I was hoping would be dropped. I’m still down with a remake of Scarface, the De Palma version is a classic no matter what the haters claim, and we’ll always have it. Update it using a Mexican-American protagonist as planned and you’ve got a rich tapestry well worth the weave.

  3. JD says:

    Thanks, I think most people past 30 know its a remake of a remake.
    The point is, you can’t top the original remake, so why bother??

    • Lucky says:

      To update it for today’s climate. You don’t see the value in updating cultural touchstones to reflect what we’re currently going through?

  4. Dorian Smith says:

    why don’t you guys cancel the project? we don’t need another remake. no one replace al pacino.

  5. Lee Lourdes says:

    Hi Guys/Greetings Gentlemen, please know SCARFACE 1983 is a remake of the 1932 feature film SCARFACE, so in effect SCARFACE 1983 is not an original …as we all love the collaborative efforts of Misters Pacino, Bregman & De Palma the feature regarded as a cult film classic is in effect a remake….

  6. The 1983 film version not “the original” but a remake.

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