“Suicide Squad” and “End of Watch” director David Ayer is set to replace Antoine Fuqua as director on the “Scarface” remake at Universal Pictures.
Ayer penned the script for Fuqua’s breakout film “Training Day,” so the hiring is a welcome one. Fuqua had to depart due to a scheduling conflict with “The Equalizer” sequel.
He beats both “Hell or High Water” filmmaker David Mackenzie and “Patriots Day” helmer Pete Berg who were linked to the project earlier this year.
Joel and Ethan Coen were the most recent scribes to do a polish on the script for this incarnation of the story which focuses on a Latino gangster in contemporary Los Angeles.
Diego Luna has been attached to play the title gangster, with Ayer’s hiring it’s unclear if that will remain the case. Ayer’s fantasy film “Bright” starring Will Smith is slated to hit the service in December.
The new “Scarface” opens August 10th next year.