Hot on the heels of Ben Affleck’s departure from helming “The Batman,” filmmaker Antoine Fuqua has dropped out of directing the upcoming reimagining of “Scarface” for Universal Pictures.
Variety reports that Sony Pictures and actor Denzel Washington are keen to get moving on a sequel to “The Equalizer” right away and need Fuqua to get back into prep on it – doing so though has caused a conflict with his “Scarface” schedule.
Universal still wants the film going by the spring, and so has already begun meeting with directors so production won’t be affected.
Fuqua had already spent a bunch of time on the script for next “Equalizer” whereas the new “Scarface” he was still trying to figure out a way to make it work even as Universal began contacting other directors.
“Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter penned the most recent draft which shifts the action to Los Angeles and will focus on a Mexican immigrant. “Rogue One” actor Diego Luna is attached to star.
Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark and Marty Bregman will produce.