‘Scarface’ Remake Taken Off Universal Slate as Antoine Fuqua Enters Talks to Rejoin Project

Studio moves remake of Brian De Palma’s classic from August 2018 release date as new development plans are made


Universal announced on Monday that the upcoming remake of Brian De Palma’s crime classic “Scarface” is now undated as “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua enters talks to rejoin the project after leaving it due to scheduling issues. The film had originally been dated for an Aug. 10 release.

The remake will be from a script written by David Ayer, Jonathan Herman, and Joel and Ethan Coen. An individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap that the film’s new release date will be announced after a new deal and production package can be finalized with Fuqua, who was originally slated to direct but dropped out after scheduling conflicts with his latest project, a sequel to Denzel Washington’s “Equalizer.”

That film is currently in post-production and set for a July 20 release through Sony Pictures.

Universal EVP Jon Mone and VP Jay Polidoro will oversee for the studio, with Dylan Clark producing through his Dylan Clark Productions banner. Scott Stuber will executive produce with Martin Bergman, producer for the original “Scarface.” The film will be a remake of both the 1932 and 1983 films, with the setting moved to Los Angeles.

Fuqua is represented by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.