David Ayer Sets to Direct Universal’s Scarface Remake

We really don’t feel that Scarface needs a remake, since the track record for classic movie remakes seem to suck, but Universal is still planning for a new Scarface film.

They have been going through the list of potential directors like David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Patriot’s Day), but now it’s landed on David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Gotham City Sirens).  Read on and see what’s up with David Ayer and the new Scarface film…

David Ayer Sets to Direct Universal's Scarface Remake

CelebNMovies247.com is hearing that Universal has already set a release date of August 10, 2018 for the modern re-imagining of Scarface that’s scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen.

As of now, Scarface is expected to star Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) in the lead.

Deadline reports that David Ayer is in early negotiations to direct Scarface, but details beyond that are non-existent at this point. This isn’t the first brush with Scarface for Ayer, however; back in 2011, he was going to take a crack at the script.

Here is what David Ayer said about Scarface at that time via Collider:

“This is a fantasy for me. [Ayer] can still remember when I saw the film at 13 and it blew my mind. I sought it out; went after it hard. I’ve seen it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse. I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the DePalma-Pacino version and found some universal themes”

He continued to say:

“I’m still under the hood figuring out the wiring that will translate, but both films had a specificity of place, there was unapologetic violence, and a main character who socially scared the shit out of people, but who had his own moral code. Each was faithful to the underworld of its time. There are enough opportunities in the real world today that provide an opportunity to do this right. If it was just an attempt to remake the 1983 film, that would never work.”

Jump to 2017, Ayer has Suicide Squad under his belt with a box office pull of $745.6 million earner, so he’s now a proven hot commodity in the movie industry. This also makes Ayer one of the better choices to direct Scarface, but will his schedule allow it?


Ayer is currently in post-production on Bright, a bonkers modern fantasy scripted by Max Landis that stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton and is set for a Netflix premiere this December.

David Ayer Sets to Direct Universal's Scarface Remake

Universal Pictures’ released this press release announcing the highly anticipated UNTITLED UNIVERSAL EVENT FILM which is SCARFACE:

An explosive reimagining of one of the most iconic sagas in film history, Universal Pictures’ SCARFACE shoots from a script polished by four-time Academy Award® winners Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo). A Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, the drama will be produced by Marc Shmuger (Lucy), Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes series). Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 film, serves in the same capacity in the telling of this generation’s SCARFACE, which the studio first brought to the screen in 1932.

SCARFACE will be released Friday, August 10, 2018.