It looks like Universal has found its replacement for Antoine Fuqua in the director’s chair for its Scarface remake, with Variety reporting that Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer is in talks with the studio.
The new Scarface has been penned by Terrence Winter (Vinyl), with the Coen brothers polishing the script, and will star Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Diego Luna in the title role previously portrayed by Paul Muni in the 1932 movie and Al Pacino in the 1983 remake.
Previous rumours had suggested that David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon) were in contention to direct, but it now looks like Ayer has secured the gig.
Ayer is also attached to helm the Suicide Squad spinoff movie Gotham City Sirens, and at present its unclear how the DC project will be affected should Ayer close a deal with Universal for Scarface. Meanwhile, his next film Bright is set to arrive in December; watch the trailer here.