Sunday, 4 September 2016

Antoine Fuqua circling the new Scarface

With his version of The Magnificent Seven due in cinemas later this month, director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) has his eye on another story that has been through a couple of cinematic evolutions already. News arrives via Deadline that he is in talks to handle the latest take on Scarface for Universal Pictures.

Scarface is one of those concepts that keeps coming around – Howard Hawks made the first feature length adaption in 1932, then there is the famous Brian De Palma film of 1983, this time with Al Pacino as a determined and ruthless Cuban immigrant.

The new movie sticks with the immigrant tale, but switches the setting to present day Los Angeles, where a new Mexican arrival will go to any lengths to grasp his chance at the American Dream. David Ayer (Fury) and Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) have both taken swipes at the script, with Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) the most recent writer to work on it. Chilean director Pablo Larraín (The Club) had been attached to call the shots, but now appears to be Fuqua's gig if he wants it. The Magnificent Seven, meanwhile, arrives on 23 September.

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