The project has been in development since 2011, when David Ayer and Antoine Fuqua were reportedly attached to direct. Guadagnino's will be the third iteration of the classic gangster saga, with 1932's Scarface, which was directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson, and 1983's remake, directed by Brian De Palma, coming before it.
In the 1932 film, Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) took over Chicago, and in the 1983 remake, Montana, played by Al Pacino rose to the top of 1980s Miami’s drug world. Guadagnino's reimagining will reportedly be set in Los Angeles, with the shooting script based on writers Joel and Ethan Coen’s version.
Guadagnino famously remade Suspiria in 2018, to mixed results. He also directed Call Me By Your Name, which earned four nominations at the 2018 Oscars, including Best Picture. He’s currently attached to the film’s sequel, titled Find Me, which will see the return of the original film’s stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
Guadagnino also executive produced the forthcoming Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw documentary The Truffle Hunters, and is working on a remake of Lord of the Flies with Warner Bros.
Last summer, news surfaced that Guadagnino landed his first TV show, the Italy-set HBO limited series We Are Who We Are, starring Kid Cudi and Chloë Sevigny. It premieres in September.