UPDATED: It looks like this project is still in a bad developmental place. Suicide Squad and End of Watch helmer David Ayer has reportedly dropped out of directing the second remake at Universal Pictures.
Heat Vision reports that Ayer’s take on the script was dubbed “too dark” for the studio’s taste, whatever the hell that means. Ayer also didn’t want to be rushed. Looks like movie is going to have an uphill struggle…
PREVIOUSLY: They’re remaking Scarface again, following the first in 1932 then the re-do in 1983. The new director is Antoine Fuqua, which could have been worse I suppose. Now Fuqua, while promoting his other remake The Magnificent Seven, has been speaking about Scarface with Fandango:
“I read the script they have and it’s actually really interesting and very timely. We’re dealing with a lot of stuff now coming out of Mexico. And again, we still have those issues dealing with the ‘American Dream,’ and the fact that the game is rigged, right? It’s not really an even playing field, but the promise is that it is. The promise is that everyone gets a fair shot, but that’s not always the case.
So that’s always relevant, and right now with what’s happening in Mexico, which is where [the main character] comes from – he comes out of Mexico – that’s relevant, especially when you’ve got people talking about putting up walls and other kinds of stuff. We’re still dealing with immigration, we’re still dealing with what would turn someone into Scarface.”
If I’m not mistaken the 1983 movie had lukewarm reviews at first, but went on to become the cult classic it is now. It’s going to be a hard sell upstaging that movie, this will be Fuqua’s biggest challenge ever.