Surprise: that Scarface remake is still happening. In the latest development, director Antoine Fuqua is now back in talks to helm the long-discussed film.
Deadline reports that Fuqua and Universal Pictures are once again in negotiations about the new version of the classic gangster film and apparently he plans to stick around this time. Scarface was meant to premiere on Aug. 10, 2018, but is now undated as the studio figures out its next steps. Diego Luna was previously in talks to play the lead role, but the Rogue One star is currently unsure if he will return to the project as the new production timeline can cause possible scheduling conflicts.
Fuqua was attached to the film in 2016, but he later backed out the following year when Sony and Denzel Washington wanted to created a sequel to 2014's The Equalizer very quickly. They needed Fuqua back on set since he was already developing the script (that film is slated for a July 20, 2018 release). When Fuqua exited, David Ayer was brought on to direct Scarface, but he too had to leave the project. This was around the time he was working on the panned Suicide Squad and Bright films.
The new Scarface is the third iteration following the 1932 original directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson, as well as the famous 1983 reboot by Brian De Palma starring Al Pacino. The most recent script was written by Ayer (he's back on board), Jonathan Herman, and Joel and Ethan Coen.
The film will be produced by Dylan Clark and Marty Bregman, the producer of the 1983 movie. Scott Stuber also serves as executive producer. The new Scarface was conceived as a "reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films," this time being set in Los Angeles and focusing on a Mexican immigrant, according to Variety.